HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014
Ready to take on India or SA, says Cook
Cardiff, June 18, 2013
First Published: 00:10 IST(18/6/2013)
Last Updated: 00:34 IST(18/6/2013)

Having endured a “stressful” journey to book a Champions Trophy’s semifinal berth, England captain Alastair Cook said he didn’t really care which among India and South Africa await his team in the last-four stage of the tournament.

England beat New Zealand won by 10 runs in their rain-curtailed and tense final group match.  “We don’t mind who we play. We are just glad we are in there. We look forward to the semi-final against whoever that might be,” said Cook, who was the Man of the Match for his 64.

Bowling’s the key

Reflecting on the performance, Cook lauded his bowlers.

"It was a very fine bowling performance. We thought we were above the rate but Anderson and Williamson took it on, luckily we got over the line.”
"We’re two games away now. Graeme’s got a calf injury but we’re very lucky to have James Tredwell to step in,” he added.

Brief Scores

England 169 in 23.3 overs (A Cook 64, J Root 38, K Mills 4/30)
New Zealand 159/8 in 24 overs (K Williamson 67, CJ Anderson 30, Anderson 3/32)

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Match Date Time Match Details Venue
1st 06-06-2013 3:15PM IND vs SA Cardiff
2nd 07-06-2013 3:15PM WI vs PAK London
3rd 08-06-2013 3:15PM ENG vs AUS Birmingham
4th 09-06-2013 3:15PM SL vs NZ Cardiff
5th 10-06-2013 6:30PM PAK vs SA Birmingham
6th 11-06-2013 3:15PM IND vs WI London
7th 12-06-2013 6:30PM AUS vs NZ Birmingham
8th 13-06-2013 6:30PM ENG vs SL London
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