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We will learn from our mistakes

Posted in England team blog

Losing to South Africa 'A' yesterday was disappointing. Luckily it was just a warm-up game and we can learn some lessons from it ahead of the first Twenty20 on Friday.

We played really well in the two games before so losing was not ideal. Hopefully we won't make the same mistakes when we play South Africa.

Looking back at the defeat it was really frustrating. We were on a slow wicket and we did not bat well enough. We set our sights on too high a total. Once we started batting and realised it was a difficult wicket, we did not know what a good score was.

Twenty20 can be really frenetic but it's important you assess what a good total is. We did not do that. We all struggled to get the ball away and got frustrated.

Credit to them though. They did bowl well.

That's why we are playing warm-up games though, to get us back into Twenty20 mode. It takes a bit of time to adapt from 50-over cricket but the principles are still the same. For us batsmen, if you hit a good shot then you get runs.

I've not played much Twenty20 cricket so the games I played for Essex this season have given me more experience. I scored a hundred against Surrey - it would be nice if I could do the same for England. It's a big step up though.

South Africa are a good side in all forms of the game but that's what tours are all about. Wherever you go in the world is going to be a tough tour. South Africa are the number one side in the world at the moment. We know it's going to be hard but we can take lots of positives from beating Australia this summer.

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook, who top-scored with 22, sweeps during England's defeat to South Africa 'A' on Tuesday night.

We have been playing well though and can take confidence from beating South Africa in the Champions Trophy recently. But that game is in the past now and counts for nothing. We can play well in one-day cricket - when we do we are a good side.

Things are getting more intense as we get closer to the first match against South Africa. Everyone is really looking forward to that game. I'm sure it will be a great experience for the lucky 11 that get picked.

I'm glad to be back in the one-day squad. It's frustrating when you are not involved. You always want to be part of any England side. Fortunately for me I scored some runs with Essex at the end of the season and that has given me another chance.

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