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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014
England eye clean sweep against India
AFP
London, September 15, 2011
First Published: 21:06 IST(15/9/2011)
Last Updated: 21:10 IST(15/9/2011)
England's Captain Alastair Cook runs after the ball to prevent a boundary and is successful during the fourth ODI between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in London.

England captain Alastair Cook is hoping to complete a miserable tour for India on Friday by wrapping up a 3-0 one-day series victory over the tourists.

India are yet to taste victory over England this summer, having been whitewashed 4-0 in the Test series and trailing 2-0 ahead of Friday's final one-dayer in Cardiff.

However India came agonisingly close to pipping England at Lord's last weekend, and Cook remains wary of the threat posed by the wounded tourists heading into the match.

"The last two games have been very close, and have shown what a talented side India are," Cook said.

"We're going to have to play at the top of our game to try to win, and finish the summer on a high as a one-day team."

Cook however is satisfied with England's form in his first season in charge as skipper of the limited overs side, which also included a 3-2 series win over Sri Lanka.

"It's been a good start, and I'm very happy with the way the lads have taken to me as captain and bought into the ideas," Cook said.

"I'm very happy with winning both series. We know how tough it's going to be in the next two months or so (in a return series in India), but this side has always responded well to challenges."

Cook also believes England's one-day squad can improve.

"We are a very young side trying to make progress," he said. "The exciting thing is I don't think we've played as well as we can.

"We have been put under pressure in this series, but have still won the games. That is very encouraging.

Meanwhile Cook paid tribute to India batsman Rahul Dravid, who will be playing his 344th and final one-day game.

"He's scored 10,000 runs in both forms of the game. He's managed to adapt his game to every surface," Cook said. "He is an all-time great."


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