Alastair is England’s tough cookie

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England captain Alastair Cook felt he produced his finest ever innings after he top-scored as the hosts beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the fourth one-day international at Trent Bridge.

Cook made 95 off 75 balls to lead his country to victory and his opening partner Craig Kieswetter (71 not out) also weighed in with an impressive total as England reached their revised 171 target with ease.

The Essex batsman said he was enjoying his cricket and the captaincy. “I don’t always time the ball as well as that, a couple of innings don’t stop criticism and I have to do that over a long period of time.

“Tough times are good times and when you win you enjoy it. It was outstanding, we were lucky enough to win the toss; the way we bowled was fantastic and put them under pressure and then knocking them off without losing a wicket was fantastic.”

The deciding match of the series is at Old Trafford on Saturday.