Alastair Cook reacts after defeat to India

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After suffering a fresh defeat in their third Test at the hands of India, England Captain Alastair Cook has admitted that the players are in need of a break from play.

The loss in Mohali gave India a 2-0 lead in the five-match Test series, which was England’s fifth Test in six weeks.

England, who played a brief series in Bangladesh prior to travelling to India, endured a period of bad form and it has continued.

1954 was the last time the national side managed to come from two games behind to win 3-2. This is no small feat, and unlikely to happen this calendar year.

Skipper and opening batsman, Cook, recognises that to improve, a change of scenery is required.

Cook said, as per BBC Sport: "I think most people would agree that five back-to-back Tests in six weeks is a heavy schedule."

"I genuinely believe if we put a better standard of performance in we can put India under pressure, we just haven't done it yet."

Mumbai is set to host the next matchup between the two sides which will take place come 8th December.

Bayliss wants his side back to winning ways

This break in play will allow England’s underperformers to contemplate errors and re-channel their form. A large percentage of the squad are expected to travel to Dubai in the coming days in order to seek such.

England coach Trevor Bayliss seeks a drastic improvement in his players.

He said: "It's been a long tour. The break will give the guys time to get away, refresh mentally and physically and come back ready and raring to go.

"These tours are what you've got to put up with these days. A lot of the teams are going through the same thing and a lot of the players and staff are saying the same thing - it's becoming too much."

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