Alastair Cook wants to finish NatWest ODI series on a winning note - Cricket News Update
English cricket team’s One-Day skipper, Alastair Cook, wants his side to bring their A-game when they go up against India in the final match of the NatWest series, to be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, on Friday, September 16.
England had a marvellous month or so and Cook wants to finish it on a high note by uprooting India to clinch the NatWest ODI series 3-0.
“We are a very young side trying to make progress. I don't think we've played as well as we can. We have been put under pressure in this series, but have still won the games. We're going to have to play at the top of our game to
try to win, and finish the summer on a high as a one-day team,” said the newly appointed captain of England’s ODI team.
The 26-year-old said that the Men in Blue are a very talented side as they gave England a very tough fight is last two games and Cook expects them to come out firing from all ends in the final.
England has been on a roll this summer, they defeated Sri Lanka and now against India, they have an unassailable lead of two games to nil. The series against the Lankans was Cook’s first in charge of the English team which they
won by three games to two.
So far, Cook has managed to win both series and hopes to continue the winning run when the English team embarks on the tour of India in October.
“It's been a good start, and I'm very happy with the way the lads have taken to me as captain and bought into the ideas. I'm very happy with winning both series. We know how tough it's going to be in the next two months or so but
this side has always responded well to challenges,” said Cook.
The Poms are due to host the West Indies for two Twenty20 matches at the end of NatWest series. Stuart Broad, England’s Twenty20 skipper, has been sidelined from the series due to a shoulder injury, like his deputy Eoin Morgan.
Cook was anticipating a recall into the Twenty20 side but was saddened after his name was omitted from the squad on Wednesday. However, the cricketer is still motivated and vows to make a comeback to Twenty20 on basis of his performance.