Meaker retains optimistic approach

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Stuart Meaker celebrates his maiden international wicket in Sunday's fourth ODI in Mumbai. The seamer insists England remain in good spirits

England are determined to remain upbeat as they look to avoid a one-day international series whitewash at the hands of India.

A six-wicket defeat in Mumbai yesterday left Alastair Cook’s men 4-0 down heading into tomorrow’s final match at Kolkata’s famous Eden Gardens ground.

Yet Surrey paceman Stuart Meaker, who made his debut in the fourth ODI, has revealed the team are far from demoralised by their trying experiences.

“We’re obviously a little bit disappointed - 4-0 down, and we don’t want a whitewash, but we’re a young and developing side, and the mood is surprisingly positive.

“Obviously, we’ve not had the greatest run these last few games. But I think as a young side we’ll take a lot of heart from how we played.

“We’re learning every time we play out here. I’m certainly soaking up the atmosphere, my first time on a big trip like this.”

Meaker enjoyed a fine start to his international career in Sunday’s match when he followed up a maiden in his first over - only England’s third on this tour - with the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane in his second, on the way to figures of 1-45.

“If ever there’s a way you’re going to learn, it’s by being chucked in the deep end,” he said.

“I was disappointed by the overall result of the game, but I certainly wasn’t expecting a maiden in my first over - and then the wicket in the next was a dream come true.

“The extra little bit of pace I can add is going to suit these type of wickets. Obviously, I’d love to be making my debut on a seaming, rapid West Indian wicket. But this is a true test of what I can do, and I hope I didn’t disappoint.”

Regardless of the result in tomorrow’s game, England, today confirmed as the world’s leading Twenty20 side in addition to their status as the number-one ranked Test team, will finish the year fifth in the International Cricket Council’s one-day international rankings.

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