Cook ready for added responsibility

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New captain Alastair Cook spoke to ecb.co.uk on the eve of England's tour of India

Alastair Cook believes his experience as England’s one-day captain will prove beneficial as he prepares to lead his first Test tour as full-time skipper.

Although Cook led England in Bangladesh at the start of 2010, the four-match series with India will represent his maiden challenge since inheriting the five-day reins from Andrew Strauss on a permanent basis.

However, the 27-year-old opener is confident he will quickly adapt to the role, having overseen England’s rise to the summit of the International Cricket Council’s one-day international rankings.

In an exclusive interview with ecb.co.uk, Cook said: “I’ve been one-day captain for 18 months, so I feel quite comfortable in that role now.

Alastair Cook

An enthusiastic Alastair Cook spoke to ecb.co.uk prior to England's departure from Heathrow. "It will be great now to get on that plane," said the skipper

“I know it’s expanding massively, but a lot of people have got used to my style and used to what I expect, so it’s probably not a big hand over.”

Cook was appointed as Strauss’ successor following the latter’s retirement in August and has therefore had ample opportunity to assess his future ambitions.

“It has given me good time to get clear on what I want and hopefully we can start well, which is the most important thing,” he added.

“You can talk about a lot of things, but it’s all about trying to produce the goods on the pitch.

“It will be great now to get on that plane and start what is a really exciting challenge, for me obviously, but more importantly for the team.”

England’s 17-man Test party departed Heathrow this morning, headed not for the sub-continent, but Dubai and the ICC Global Cricket Academy, where they will undertake a three-day training camp prior to their arrival in India.

“Clearly it’s a great place to practice,” said the skipper. “The facilities out there are fantastic, so we have got to make sure we get there and hit the nets hard straight away.

“We’ve all had a bit of a break, which we needed, but we’ve got to make sure when we get to India we hit the ground running and I’m sure we will.”

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