Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

England ready to take on any side in ICC Champions Trophy 2013 semi-final, says Alastair Cook

England ready to take on any side in ICC Champions Trophy 2013 semi-final, says Alastair Cook

England qualified for the semi-final round with a narrow win over New Zealand © Getty Images

Cardiff: Jun 17, 2013

England captain Alastair Cook insisted he did not care which side his team faced in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy after they booked their place in the last four with a 10-run win over New Zealand in Cardiff on Sunday.

England top Group A ahead of Monday’s final match between defending champions Australia and Sri Lanka at The Oval.

If England finish as pool winners they will face South Africa at The Oval on Wednesday but if they are pushed down into second place they’ll be up against Group B winners India, the only team in the competition with a perfect played three, won three record, in Cardiff on Thursday.

“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.

Had they lost, England — yet to win a major 50-overs competition — would have gone out of the tournament.
Cook was named man-of-the-match after he top-scored with 64 in a total of 169 all out in a clash reduced by rain to 24 overs per side, although the left-handed opener was dropped on 14, 37 and 45 by Nathan McCullum before the off-spinner caught him off his own bowling.

“The ball kept following him around, he’s a brilliant fielder and today [Sunday] he dropped a couple but he’s still up in terms of his fielding ability,” said New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, Nathan’s younger brother.

Meanwhile Cook added: “It was great to get the opportunity to keep it in our hands today particularly with the rain about.

“We got a competitive total in the end and I thought we bowled pretty well…24 overs, it is a nerve-wracking time for a captain.”

New Zealand slumped to 61 for five but Kane Williamson (67) and One-Day International debutant Corey Anderson (30) kept them in the hunt with a partnership of 73 before they both fell in the closing stages.

The Black Caps needed 35 off 17 balls with five wickets standing when Williamson holed out off seamer Stuart Broad to James Anderson at extra-cover.

However, England had to endure a nervous wait after umpire Rod Tucker, who had not signalled a no-ball, asked fellow Australian Steve Davis, the television umpire, to check if paceman Broad had over-stepped.
It was a close call but Davis decided Broad’s delivery was legal.

“Broady said it might be close. I did not realise it was quite that close,” said Cook. “I think on those decisions you have to go with the umpire’s call on the field. If he [Tucker], had given it as a no-ball I don’t think we could have had many complaints.”

Defeat left New Zealand hoping for an Australia victory over Sri Lanka — if the Lankans win the Black Caps will be out of the tournament — but only by a sufficiently small margin not to overtake their net run-rate advantage, with the Kiwis currently at +0.78 compared to the Aussies’ -0.96.

“We’d love Australia to play some excellent cricket tomorrow [Monday], obviously not too good,” said Brendon McCullum.

“We had an opportunity today [Sunday] and we passed it up, we can’t be upset. If we do get another opportunity, who knows?”

And he refused to criticise the umpires over the lack of a no-ball reprieve for Williamson.

“It was close, but I didn’t have problems with the benefit of the doubt to the bowler.”

He added: “It’s testament to the way Kane and Corey played that we got as close as we did. For a little while, I thought they were going to get it done.”

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Sachin Tendulkar — the greatest batsman of India

Sachin Tendulkar: A timeless fairytale

Sachin Tendulkar: The child, the father, but sexy? Not quite

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RR vs CSK 2014 Sanju Samson Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 2014: Ravindra Jadeja says he enjoyed bowling on a turning track against Rajasthan Royals

Sachin Tendulkar turns 41, celebrating birthday away from cricket field

IPL 2014 set to break all records

Saleem Malik hits out at PCB for not reviewing his life ban

IPL 2014: Ravindra Jadeja says he enjoys bowling after Chennai’s win over Rajasthan

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Sachin Tendulkar – The century of centuries in tweets

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Happy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar — The lesser known records

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Courage Beyond Compare – a tale of disabled athletes

Final phase of Lok Sabha Elections begins in Assam

Apple iPhone sales in India grew 55% year-on-year

Sachin Tendulkar – The century of centuries in tweets

Now an ICU in your home — at a much cheaper cost!

Is Cameron Diaz planning holiday for Gwyneth Paltrow?

2014 LS elections: Polling begins in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry

Madhya Pradesh votes for Lok Sabha, Assembly polls

Also on cricketcountry.com