Thursday, July 07, 2011

Alastair Cook show his position

Posted by Admin On 11:03 AM

Alastair Cook proved nothing new to himself but much, he hopes, to abundance of others as he led England to a 10-wicket NatWest Series-leveling victory. Englands new 50-over captain has come in for much flak over his apparent inability to up his tempo adequately at the top of the order in the shorter format. But after his unavoidably observant hundred in Sunday's defeat at Lord's, he cracked 16 fours from 75 balls in a winning 95 as he and Craig Kieswetter made no error in reply to Sri Lanka's inadequate 174.

James Anderson (three for 24) was first and foremost accountable for the tourists missing their total - despite Kumar Sangakkara's 75 - and Cook and Kieswetter (72no) then made nonsense of a revised target of 171, to complete the job with almost 25 overs to spare.It's very satisfying, for all the hard work I've been put in, said Cook.I've always known I can play the one-day game; it's just a matter of annoying to prove it to people.

Cook was not enticing either to take Kieswetter up on his offer to help him reach his third one-day international hundred. He had been dangerous of Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews marshal young person Dinesh Chandimal to his hundred as Sri Lanka coasted home at Lord's - and was not about to be part of something similar in Nottingham. everybody enjoys a 'red-ink' - so scrutiny Kiesy hit a six and a two was agreeable,he said.

The outcome was only ever in hesitation - after Anderson and his fellow seamers Jade Dernbach (three for 38), Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad had hustled Sri Lanka out so cheaply - because of the danger of rain. But England's openers were unfazed by the meeting vapors, which in the end did not deliver.

When you win by 10 wickets and play as well as that, it doesn't get much better,added Cook.The way we bowled up front clearly put us on the face foot, and then I thought that catch Bresnan took unclear the game - because they were getting a company going.Then the way Jade bowled in the power play - an area where we haven't done well and can get better our ability in - was very high-quality as well.

As for Anderson's creepy ability of taking wickets at this venue, Cook said:I truthfully don't be acquainted with why he does it as well as that. He just loves it here. It must be his favored ground.Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan was Anderson's first victim. He said:He bowled actually well, and used the circumstances.

They took three wickets in the first six over, and it pushed us back after that.But if an important person had batted actually well in the middle order we could have approved 250. Then it might have been a dissimilar story.


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