Friday, September 16, 2011

Cook seeks to end ODI series on a high!

England cricket captain Alastair Cook has said that his side would try to seal the ongoing ODI series against India with a win in the final game, in Cardiff on Friday.

Cook said his side's approach has not changed and they are concentrating on one game at a time, and practicing hard for the last match.

"Yeah, no change really, it's another game to try and win for England and, the way we've practiced over the last two days, we've been very proud of that. We're a very young side trying to make progress and this is another game on that step," he said.

Cook said that a lot of improvements are needed in the English team to make them an effective side. He said he was fortunate as a captain to have taken the right decisions at the right time, and said that he was enjoying leading the side.

"Yeah, it's been a good start. I'm very happy at the way the lads are taking to me as captain. They all pour into the ideas and as I said, it's going to take a while for these things we want to work on, to get to the standard we want," he said.

Cook said that while the ODI series has seen some keen contests between the two teams, it was England's exceptional performance in the Test series that gave them the winning momentum.

Cook was also all praise for Rahul Dravid, who will retire from the ODI format after Friday's game.

"Yeah, he's scored 10,000 runs in both forms of the game and is a stalwart of Indian cricket. He's a fantastic player who's managed to adapt his game to every surface. He is an all-time great and a fantastic player," Cook said.

England lead the ODI series against India 2-0, seeking to end the series unbeaten after winning the Test series 4-0, and also winning the solitary Twenty20 game between the two sides.

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