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England ready for final - Cook

Alastair Cook is confident England will rise to the occasion in Sunday's eagerly anticipated Champions Trophy final.

England, winners of the World Twenty20 in 2010, will attempt to secure their first 50-over global title when they take on India or Sri Lanka at Edgbaston.

The host nation earned a spot in the final with a comprehensive seven-wicket thrashing of South Africa at The Oval yesterday.

Having seen his troops perform so impressively under pressure, Cook expects a similar display when the tournament's ultimate game takes place.

"Finals can bring out the best in people, and I think this England side in particular has delivered certainly when the chips have been down and the pressure has been up at its highest," reasoned the captain.

"I've got no doubt that the guys in our dressing room will turn up on Sunday. I'm fully confident in the lads that they can do that. I just hope it's our turn.

"It's in our own hands. If we turn up and deliver good skills, we have a good chance of winning."

Several individuals impressed against the Proteas as England followed their victory over New Zealand with the most emphatic of triumphs.

James Anderson - pictured - and James Tredwell led a wonderful bowling effort supplemented by six catches from wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, while Jonathan Trott and Joe Root contributed 82 not out and 48 respectively to a routine chase completed with more than 12 overs to spare.

"We have spoken about people standing up and delivering, and that's how you win one-day games," said Cook.

"Two or three people can win a game for you if they play well. That happened against us when (Kumar) Sangakkara got that fantastic hundred (to condemn England to defeat in the group stage) and we've done it twice now with the last two teams we've played against.

"We just need one more performance from whoever out of the 11 guys that are picked. Two of the guys stand up and deliver a performance, a man-of-the-match performance like that, and you can win the trophy.

"That's how exciting and how close you are to doing it. It's a good dressing room to be in when you're in the final of a major tournament."

England last contested the Champions Trophy final in 2004, also on home soil.

On that occasion West Indies pulled off an unlikely win following lower-order resistance from Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw.

"I hope this time we can go one better," said Cook. "It would be a massive achievement. It's very hard to do. It's taken a long time to get to the final."

Tredwell has enhanced his reputation in the injury-enforced absence of Graeme Swann, leaving England with a dilemma should the latter be ready to return on Sunday.

"It's going to be a very tough selection call if Swann is fit," admitted Cook.

"It's a good headache to have. We've been over the last couple games when Swanny has missed out. We've been saying how lucky we are to have Tredders as back up. He's more than back up at the moment; he's been outstanding.

"As I said, we won't risk it (playing Swann) if it's touch and go."

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