Alastair Cook eager for England to continue one-day run

 

Alastair Cook's England are on a near record winning run in one-day international cricket.

But after last night's eight-wicket success against Australia at Old Trafford made it 10 victories on the trot, completed a 4-0 NatWest Series rout of the old enemy and took England up to third in the world rankings, the captain made it clear this must be merely the beginning of their upward curve.

Cook (58) and Ravi Bopara (52no) shared a stand of 92 to all but see England home together under lights, chasing a Duckworth-Lewis target of 138 in a rain-shortened match.

The margin of victory was seven wickets, with 11 balls to spare, after world number ones Australia had been restricted to 145 for seven in 32 overs.

Cook was naturally full of praise for his team, but did not miss the opportunity to point out bigger ambitions lie ahead.

"We hope we're heading in the right direction. Clearly we are, with the group of players we've got," he said.

"If we want to win tournaments, we have to be playing as well as we are now in the week when we enter those tournaments.

"That will be the aim. We're desperate to keep building on this, expanding our skills so that we get better as a side."

Cook's team need to keep winning if they are to add 50-over supremacy to the International Cricket Council top rankings they have established in the Test and Twenty20 formats.

Then next year, they have the chance to beat the world on home ground - in the Champions Trophy tournament, which will precede a rematch with Australia in the Ashes.

Cook did allow himself a moment of satisfaction at a job well-done this summer, as England added victory over Michael Clarke's tourists to a similarly emphatic one against West Indies.

"It feels good, great to win the series," said Cook.

"It's been a brilliant effort from the lads.

"We've never let up, throughout the four games we've played.

"We've always been at Australia, and always tried to put them under some pressure."

Ian Bell finished as England's top runscorer, having replaced Kevin Pietersen as Cook's opening partner following the South Africa-born batsman's shock limited-overs retirement last month.

Bell was modest about his achievements, though, insisting England's bowlers were a key factor too.

"Our bowling has been absolutely unbelievable these last two series, so we haven't actually had to chase too many big scores.

"It's taken a bit to get through those two new balls, and then really cash in.

"I've really enjoyed it, and I think we've done pretty well as an opening partnership.

"We complement each other, and I've enjoyed that partnership as much as scoring runs myself."

Cook's opposite number Clarke also believes the bowlers were perhaps England's most telling resource.

"There are a lot of good teams at the moment," he said.

"But I think England's bowling attack is as good as there is in the world."

PA

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before