ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Alastair Cook 'nervous' ahead of semi-final match against South Africa

Alastair Cook said the group stage match against New Zealand was the most stressful moment of his reign © Getty Images

London: Jun 19, 2013

England captain Alastair Cook has admitted that ”he has never felt more nervous” ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 semi-final against South Africa, despite backing his team to withstand the pressure.

Stating that the ”quarter-final” victory over New Zealand was most stressful moment of his reign, Cook said that he expected the Wednesday game to be worse.

“Cardiff was a good test to see where we were as a side in terms of having to deliver under pressure, having to win the game to go through pretty much,” Cook said, as reported by Mirror.

“We knew that was the case and when it’s such a shortened game, you can get taken away from what your principles are — what you’re meant to be doing. How calm we were both with bat and ball was key.”

“But what impressed me most was the way the lads delivered under pressure. If we’re going to go far in this tournament and obviously further down the line, we’re going to have to do that.”

(With inputs from ANI)