They didn’t quite get their skills right – Alastair Cook on England’s defeat to SL

They didn’t quite get their skills right – Alastair Cook on England’s defeat to SL

They didn’t quite get their skills right – Alastair Cook on England’s defeat to SL

Written by News 1st

22 May, 2014 | 7:44 am

Captain Alastair Cook is eager for England’s new era to ‘get going’ in the one-day series against Sri Lanka.Cook, 29, was absent as England lost their one-off Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

But the Essex batsman returns for the five-match one-day series, which starts at The Oval today.

Cook said. “I think getting going are the right words,” We just want to play some cricket. We want to start the journey of the next year or so.”

Since returning from a winter during which they were beaten 5-0 by Australia and lost to the Netherlands in the World Twenty20, Cook has been eager to begin working with new England coach Peter Moores.

He added England had played “really well” for much of the nine-run Twenty20 defeat by Sri Lanka, but admitted: “At the crucial moments, that they didn’t quite get their skills right – whether it was with the ball, bat or fielding.

Cook adds “Maybe it’s the habit of not winning many games recently. These are games which – when you’re flying, as Sri Lanka are as world champions – you find a way of winning.”

Cook acknowledged victory would have boosted morale in the England squad, but felt they still had cause for optimism.

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