ASHISH SHUKLA Cardiff
England may have dominated India in the just- concluded series but ODI skipper Alastair Cook warns that the real test would be to repeat the performance when the side plays Mahendra Singh Dhonis men in their ba
ckyard next month.
England wrapped up the five- match ODI series 3- 0 ( one match rained out and another ending tied). A delighted Cook said he was happy with the progress his side has made in the one- day arena but was candid to admit that it would be quite challenge in the sub- continental conditions.
‘We are going to need that over the next couple of months in the sub- continental conditions, where we havenalt39t played a huge amount of successful oneday cricket,’Cook said after the six- wicket win over India in the fifth and final ODI here on Friday.
‘Our learning curve is going to be steep, but Ialt39m very confident in the players wealt39ve got. When we went to India last time ( in 2008) we didnalt39t win a game, so that shows the challenge we have ahead of us in these next two months,’he added, referring to the five- match ODI series starting October 14 in Hyderabad.
Cook was overtly delighted at the discovery of a young talent in Jonny Bairstow who made his sides difficult chase an easy one on Friday. ‘What a way to make an international statement… I think wealt39ve just found a player.
I donalt39t want to heap too much pressure on him. But to make your debut like that and go and play in such a controlled but such a positive way was incredible,’Cook said.
‘Everyone, the lads in the dressing room, was saying wealt39ve just found one,’he added in appreciation of the debutants innings.
Bairstow made 41 from 21 balls with a four and three sixes and helped England chase down a difficult target of 241 in 34 overs with 10 balls still remaining.
‘The batting line- up as a whole can take a lot of credit for that, and the way Jonny ( Bairstow) and Ravi ( Bopara) finished it off was spectacular.
What we have done is started off on what we hope will be a very successful journey,’Cook said.
‘With these young players coming in now – people like Jade, whos made a mark, obviously Jonny, Ben Stokes – Ialt39m very happy with how wealt39ve played in certain areas.’