England batsmen now confident of playing in subcontinent: Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook said England now plan to show they could also be the best in the subcontinent AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Apr 8, 2012

Alastair Cook on Sunday said England batsmen have regained their confidence after their crushing eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Colombo on Saturday.

“The bowlers have been outstanding all winter, but the batters haven’t got the runs we’d have liked,” Cook was quoted saying by sportinglife.com.

“The Test match was normal service. We batted long periods and gave a chance to our bowlers to rest up.

“A score of 460 in the first innings is what you need to win games.

“It was a good team effort, but Kevin was outstanding…it was a match-winning effort.

“All the batsmen struggled to score quickly and he came in and got a 150 at almost a run a ball. That was really the difference between the two sides.

“The top three of me, Straussy and Jonathan Trott is there to give a platform for our stroke players like Kevin, Ian Bell and Matt Prior. We haven’t done that on these two tours but in this game we did.

“It was a good way to end the tour with a win.”

Cook said having moved to number one in the ICC Test rankings last summer, England now plan to show they could also be the best in the sub-continent.

“You never want to lose a Test so to lose four in a row was very disappointing,” he said.

“We set out this winter to crack sub-continental conditions.

“But we’ve learnt as a side again. We’ve taken a few steps back but sometimes you have to do that in your career.

“Watch the way Kev struggled against Pakistan, the way he worked on his game and ironed out the flaws so he could play the way he played yesterday. That shows we have to keep working.”

England arrived back home after spending the last month in some of the most difficult sporting conditions in the world.

Searing heat and energy-sapping humidity have made their job in Sri Lanka one of the hardest they have come across and Cook confesses he is ready for a change of pace.

“This is a very hard place to win a Test,” he said. “It’s been 35 or 36 degrees pretty much for five days and the humidity really takes it out of you.

“There’s some tired legs hee and I’m looking forward to getting back to the cold and wearing a coat again.”