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Andy Flower and Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook has known team director Andy Flower since the age of 18 and describes him as a "true thinker of the game"

England captain Alastair Cook is looking forward to building his relationship with team director Andy Flower during the tour of Bangladesh.

Cook is leading his country on tour for the first time after regular skipper Andrew Strauss was rested for the tour.

Strauss and Flower’s captain-coach partnership has been lauded as a key reason behind England’s successes in the past 18 months.

Although Cook has a long-standing association with Flower, going back to their shared playing days at Essex, he is hoping to build a new understanding with the Zimbabwean.

“I’ve known Andy since I was 18. I’ve grown up all my playing days with him and when I came into the England team he was assistant coach,” said Cook.

“He’s fantastic, a true thinker of the game, and it’s a pleasure to work with him.

“We’re making strides on building that relationship as captain and coach. These things do take time and hopefully we will get the chance to work more on that and improve as we go on.”

Cook led the side to two convincing wins over a BCB XI in warm-up matches in midweek, but admits there is still a big sense of occasion around his first ODI in charge of the national team tomorrow.

“The first international is a different thing,” he said. “There’s a bit more pressure riding on it but I’m really looking forward to that pressure. It’s a hugely proud moment for me.”

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