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Alastair Cook says he and England have taken confidence from their five-wicket defeat of West Indies at Lord’s.

The opening batsman hit 79 as the hosts chased 191 to go one up with two to play in the Investec Series, which continues at Trent Bridge from Friday.

England’s pursuit was made tricky by slipping to 57 for four, but Cook saw them to the brink of victory with his first fifty of the summer.

“It will give us a lot of confidence as a side to do it, with a few alarms, yes, but to win by five wickets is pretty comfortable,” told ecb.co.uk.

Cook, who has managed only 15 runs in three LV= County Championship innings for Essex this season, added: “It’s been a bit of a slow start to the summer for me with Essex unfortunately.

“I always want to go back and try and score some runs - I don’t get to play (for Essex) too often. Unfortunately that hasn’t happened so I’ve been a little bit short of time in the middle and in the first innings I didn’t play a great shot. So it’s important for me to try and spend a bit of time in the middle and it felt a bit better towards the end (of the innings).

“Obviously (I’m) slightly disappointed to get out with only two needed - I’m not sure Jonny (Bairstow) was too happy - but it’s great for a bit of confidence to score some runs.”

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