Alastair Cook confident ahead of India tour

England is slated to play a five-match ODI series and one-off T20 in October in India Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Sep 29, 2011

After thrashing India at home, England captain Alastair Cook has refused to allow complacency to creep in the English team.

Cook is aware of the challenge Indian team will pose when being challenged in their own back yard. He said, “It is a totally different thing to play them in their backyard. One thing about this England side is that we certainly won’t be complacent.

“I know the hunger and desire is there from the lads to learn, and hopefully conquer, those conditions. We are a young side and have a huge amount of improvement and learning to do.”

England is slated to play a five-match ODI series and one-off T20 in October in India.

International Cricketer of the year Cook said he is looking forward to play in front of passionate cricket lovers in India.

“It is an amazing experience to go and play one-day cricket in India in front of packed houses,” said Cook.

“I have only ever played one game there so I’m really excited and it’s going to be a real challenge for us as a side.

“I know, with the characters we’ve got, we can hopefully go and do something very special.

“…If we are going to win, everyone will have to be at the top of their game.

“From one to 11, or one to 15, we are going to have to play some seriously good cricket.

“But I know the hunger and desire is there from the lads to learn, and hopefully conquer, those conditions,” he added.

Cook is aware of the 12th man Indian team possesses in the form of their crowd who give India the distinct advantage while playing at home.

Cook was quoted in Sky Sports as saying, “We know how tough it is – world champions India in their backyard – but if we can perform our skills under that kind of pressure – the crowd and momentum when they get going and are hard to stop – then we’ve got a good chance.”

India failed to notch a victory over their hosts in England, surrendering top spot in the Test rankings with a 4-0 whitewash and losing the one-day international series 3-0.