Cook heartened by England success
Alastair Cook admits it was “tough” watching the World Twenty20 win from the sidelines, and hopes England's dominant display can carry over into their future assignments.
Cook, who was omitted from the 30-man shortlist for the Caribbean, still has aspirations towards breaking back into the Twenty20 squad, but admits the dominant performances put in by the current crop have made his task all the harder.
Instead, the 25-year-old will take charge of England Lions in a four-day match with Bangladesh at Derby from tomorrow.
It will be Cook’s first leadership assignment since stepping in to captain England’s Test and one-day international side in Bangladesh in the absence of Andrew Strauss.
“You see the England side playing and you feel a part of it, so not to be there makes it tough watching in one sense,” Cook said.
“But I was just desperate for the lads to win because it’s a great achievement and can only help us as a side in terms of the confidence we’ll get from that winning moment and knowing we can beat the world’s best.
“They’ve played some amazing cricket. Just watching from here how dominant they’ve been was great to see, how much they almost bullied sides.
“We’ve always been a strong side, always had a lot of good players. But with the success the lads have had this week and with people churning out better performances all the time it’s going to be harder to get in to the side and when you are in you need to work hard to keep hold of the place.
“That’s all to the benefit of the whole England side that we keep our standards high.”
The match at Derby is Bangladesh’s last before the Test series, which begins at Lord’s on May 27. Cook believes both are important assignments.
“The Lions are not coming here to make up the numbers, we want to win this game and hopefully play some tough cricket and put some pressure on the Bangladeshis,” he said.
“England are building a great set-up under Andy Flower and he’ll be keeping everyone’s feet on the ground and making sure we’re working hard to beat Bangladesh in the Test series too.
“We are playing a really good brand of cricket in all forms of the game. With the progress we’ve made, winning the Ashes drawing against South Africa, everything is building up.
“Each of these stepping stones are helping make us a balanced team. We see this next one against Bangladesh as a chance to push forward and keep improving. We want to push them hard and win 2-0.”