Cook: England won't repeat errors
Captain Alastair Cook is confident England have learnt from their mistakes as they head into the limited-overs chapter on their tour of the United Arab Emirates.
The tourists will look to revive their fortunes in the first of four one-day internationals against Pakistan tomorrow following their 3-0 Test series defeat to Misbah-ul-Haq's side.
The one-day format also presents England with a chance to eradicate the errors that hampered October's tour of India, when Cook's side were beaten 5-0 in sub-continent conditions, similar to those in the Middle East.
But despite those indifferent performances, Cook insists his outfit are determined to improve on their previous showings, starting in Abu Dhabi tomorrow.
“One of the things we said at the time was we tried as hard as we could and we came up quite a long way short again against India,” said Cook.
“There's no shame in that, but there will be a shame if we don't learn individually from that and where we need to take our game. I hope people have done that.
“The Tests didn't go to plan, and we didn't play very well. But it's a new format, and the squad has introduced six new faces. It's brought a freshness and enthusiasm to the squad.”
Cook will have a new partner at the top of the order, with team director Andy Flower confirming Kevin Pietersen will be given the opportunity to continue where he left off at the World Cup.
Injury stopped Pietersen's momentum then, but Cook is relishing the opportunity of opening the batting with England's dangerman.
“It's a new challenge for KP - he did it a little bit in India, for a couple of games at the World Cup before he got injured, and he showed signs of promise,” he added.
“He's excited about it; I'm excited about it - and when he's in full flow in the powerplay it's going to be hard to stop him.
“KP is unique in his own way and he's certainly got the class - he averages 50 in Test cricket and 40 in ODIs.
“He's a world-class player, and to make the most of those first 10 overs with two new balls you need a world-class player with a world-class technique - and he's got the power.”
“I hope batting at the top of the order will bring out the best in him.”
Cook is also hopeful the nature of one-day cricket will allow his side the freedom to express themselves, something which they struggled to do in the Test matches.
“Certainly the one-day game dictates you have to be more positive, and we're not going to have men around the bat all the time, so it changes your mentality as a batter.
“It frees you up, and we've got a good record against Pakistan.
“We've had success against these bowlers before in one-day cricket, so I hope we won't banish memories of what happened in the Test matches but free up a little bit and attack.”
Cook's opposite number Misbah remains respectful of England's potential, despite the Test series victory and the fact his own team have won their last six ODI series and 13 of their last 14 50-over matches.
“It's a different ball game ... in one-dayers, you have flat pitches - but I still hope that my spinners do well,” he said.
“England are a good side. Having lost their last series 5-0 doesn't mean that they are a bad side.”