Cook looks for England improvements after Bangladesh win

March 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm 4 comments


Temporary England captain Alistair Cook has called on his side to improve in certain areas of their game after defeating Bangladesh to go 1-0 up in the One Day International series on Sunday.

Cook is standing in for the rested Andrew Strauss as England skipper and he got off to a winning start as his team chased down 229 to win with the loss of just four wickets. Paul Collingwood’s unbeaten 75 made absolutely sure of the victory, while Cook himself chipped in with 64.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Cook’s England though and despite the fact that the hosts recorded a relatively modest total in their innings, they did get off to a flying start. Tamim Iqbal scored a magnificent century and helped his side reach 63-0 off the first 9 overs.

At this stage, Cook admits that Bangladesh “took the game away” from England and that the tourists were in danger of losing their grip on proceedings. So, even though England’s bowlers fought back well, Cook will want them to use the new ball more affectively in the coming games.

The Essex batsman then admitted that his team are taking nothing for granted ahead of the remaining games because there are still “a few areas” where they can improve. Bowling with the new ball being one, someone in the top six going on to make a century being another. Then there is the form of Kevin Pietersen – who was dismissed for just one – to think about.

There was time for Cook to praise certain areas of his team though, namely Collingwood who showed his vast experience to guide England home. Speaking about the Durham man, Cook said that he ‘keeps delivering the goods at crucial times’, something which makes him a hugely valuable player for England.

Overall though, Cook will be pleased with his side. They won the game with relative ease and this is all that can be asked of them. They are certainly an improving ODI side and maybe a couple of the negative aspects of the team can be ironed out in the next two matches.

The England ODI betting indicates they should win the series, but Bangladesh should push them hard.

Meanwhile, in football news Joe Cole could miss the Football World Cup 2010 after being left out of the squad for England’s friendly with Egypt.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • […] read the rest of the article and to see which areas England need to improve in, go over to England Cricket, a blog that I contribute to […]

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  • 2. Live Sports  |  March 2, 2010 at 8:49 am

    i dont think so englad need to improv in any field the luck is nt jus working in their way

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  • 3. Katrina  |  March 2, 2010 at 8:50 am

    englad is a gud team but they need to improv their bating standrd

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  • 4. Pakistan News  |  March 2, 2010 at 8:50 am

    you rite katrina exectly i was thinking the samne think

    Reply

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