Cook lauds ‘fantastic’ effort

July 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm 1 comment

England captain Alastair Cook gave credit to his side after they extended their winning run in 2012 with another thumping victory over Australia.

Cook’s men coasted to a seven-wicket win at Old Trafford on Tuesday to complete a 4-0 series victory. It was England’s 10th consecutive one-day international win and moved them up to third in the world rankings.

“Clearly at the beginning of the series, you’d scrap and take a series win. So to win 4-0, it’s fantastic and a huge credit to the lads,” Cook told sport news reporters.

England have improved markedly in one-day cricket since Cook took the reins from Andrew Strauss. They have won five out of six series under his leadership and remain unbeaten this year.

But for a rained-off third ODI at Edgbaston, England could well be sat at the top of the rankings. Cook was pleased with the way his side outplayed a team ranked the best in the world.

“It’s been a brilliant effort from the lads. We’ve always been at Australia, and always tried to put them under some pressure,” added the opener.

In a rain-affected match in Manchester, recalled spinner James Tredwell and part-time bowler Ravi Bopara took two wickets apiece as England restricted the tourists to 145-7 from 32 overs.

Set a revised target of 138 from 29 overs, England reached the total with 11 balls to spare courtesy of a partnership of 92 between Cook (58) and Bopara (52 not out).

Australia skipper Michael Clarke was impressed with the way England performed in the series.

“There are a lot of good teams at the moment but I think England’s bowling attack is as good as there is in the world,” Clarke admitted.

England will hope to continue their excellent form and showcase their talents in front of the sports betting community when they face South Africa in the one-day format later this summer.


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  • 1. cricketbirds  |  July 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Although England have a home advantage but since South Africa too have good quality fast bowler, they will certainly give a good fight to them. Nevertheless, it will be a fascinating contest for all the cricket lovers around the world.


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