Cook wants to test England's strengths against India

Updated: 09 July 2011 00:20 IST

England's ODI skipper Alastair Cook on Friday reckoned that the series against world champions India and runners-up Sri Lanka would give the side a good idea of where it stands in the 50-over game.

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England's ODI skipper Alastair Cook on Friday reckoned that the series against world champions India and runners-up Sri Lanka would give the side a good idea of where it stands in the 50-over game.

"My first two series (as one-day captain) are against India and Sri Lanka, the two World Cup finalists, and everyone said what strong sides they will be. But we want to test ourselves against the best," Cook said.

In charge of the one-day side, Cook said he'd have no problems giving up leadership responsibilities to Andrew Strauss for the upcoming four-Test series against India, which starts at Lord's on July 21.

"Not at all. I can concentrate hard on the captaincy and then go back into the ranks. It takes a lot out of you and having shorter periods (as captain) gives you the chance to refresh nicely. I'm sure Straussy is raring to go," he told reporters here ahead of the final one-dayer of the five-match series against Sri Lanka.

Cook made a career-best 119 in a six-wicket defeat at Lord's last weekend and followed that up with an unbeaten 95 off just 75 balls as England thrashed Sri Lanka by 10 wickets at Trent Bridge on Wednesday to leave the series all square at 2-2.

Topics : Cricket West Indies Australia England India Ravi Bopara Alastair Cook India in England, 2011
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