Cook dismisses talk of Aussie whitewash
England captain Alastair Cook is not thinking about the possibility of displacing Australia as the top side in one-day cricket as the teams prepare for the start of their five-match series at Lord’s today.
A 5-0 whitewash would see England climb to the top of the one-day rankings at the expense of their great rivals, and continue a summer of success for the hosts following Test and one-day victories over West Indies.
However, opener Cook is aware Australia will provide much tougher opposition over the next few weeks.
When asked about the chances of a 5-0 series win, he said: “Let’s not count our chickens. Our aim is just to win the series, and that’s going to be a tall order.
“Like all these ranking things, everyone likes them, the media likes them, but we’ve just got to focus on what we do in our next game, starting at 10.45 tomorrow.
“It’s another test for us to see where we are as a side and I’m confident our lads can pull through it.”
Cook admits the team have been doing their homework on their opponents, who have some unfamiliar faces in their line-up such as fast bowlers Pat Cummings and James Pattinson.
“They’re the world number one one-day side and an excellent side,” he said.
“They’ve a good balance between experience and good young players who we haven’t seen much of.
“Like always, it’s going to be a very good Australia side and we’ve got to try and match that.
“There’s a lot of footage of these guys, there’s not many secrets out there and we’re just trying to get the best media footage we can beforehand.
“Once we get out there and face them, we’ll see what they’re like.”
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