ICC Champions Trophy: Alastair Cook pleased with 'professional' England after win over Australia

Updated: 09 June 2013 00:29 IST

England collected two crucial points to begin their ICC Champions Trophy campaign on a winning note.

ICC Champions Trophy: Alastair Cook pleased with 'professional' England after win over Australia
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England collected two crucial points to begin their ICC Champions Trophy campaign on a winning note. Batting first, England scored a challenging 269 for 6 with the help of Ian Bell's 91 and notable batting display by Ravi Bopara and Jonathan Trott. (See: Match in pics)

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In reply, Australia could manage 221 for 9 from their 50 overs, losing by handsome 48 runs at Edgbaston on Saturday. (Read match report)

England skipper Alastair Cook said their aim was to score over 300 runs but Australian bowlers did a good job.

"It was a thoroughly professional performance. The pitch got slower and lower as the game progressed. We should have got over 300 with the start that we got but the Australian bowlers bowled well," Cook said. (Stats)

James Anderson bagged three wickets in the match and became the leading wicket-taker for England in One Day Internationals by getting past Darren Gough.

"(James) Anderson just keeps getting better and better. Anderson and (Stuart) Broad bowled spectacularly at the start," Cook said.

The 28-year-old England skipper also said his team has the fire power in the batting line-up and can chase down any total. "We have the batting to chase down a big score," he added.

Australia stand-in skipper George Bailey rued his team's batting collapse and praised English bowlers.

"Our batting let us down but credit to the England bowlers for bowling well," Bailey said.

"Our bowlers did well and pulled things back at the end and I am proud of the bowlers," he added.

Bailey also heaped praise on James Faulkner, who scored his maiden half-century but it was too late.

"(James) Faulkner is one player for the future. But our top order needs to bat and string together some partnerships. We have to be confident," Bailey said.

Topics : Cricket ICC Champions Trophy 2013 England Australia West Indies Alastair Cook George Bailey
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