Cook primed for one-day challenge

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Alastair Cook has vowed to prove his doubters wrong when he resumes his England one-day career as captain against Sri Lanka today.

While he has become a mainstay of the Test side since his international bow five years ago, there have long been question marks over whether Cook’s style is suitable for the faster-paced limited-overs game.

He has played just 26 one-day internationals and four Twenty20 matches for his country and has not pulled on a coloured England shirt for 15 months, when he captained the tour to Bangladesh in Andrew Strauss’ absence.

His leadership credentials have once again proved to be his door to the one-day side following Strauss’ retirement from the format, and he believes he is ready to transfer his stellar recent form in the longer format to the five-match series against Sri Lanka.

“As an international player you are always under pressure and you’ve always got to prove yourself,” he said.

“I’m excited by that challenge and I think my one-day game has evolved.

“In Bangladesh I scored runs and I scored them quickly. I know I have the talent and the skills to do it.”

England women beat Australia by 16 runs to win the NatWest Women’s Quadrangular T20 series at The Rose Bowl yesterday. Lydia Greenway hit 48 as England set a total of 132 for nine.