Cook eager to get season off to winning start

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England ODI skipper Alastair Cook is 'desperate' to do well in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, starting at The Oval on Thursday, and feels it is the series that will kick-start the team's summer.

England ODI skipper Alastair Cook is 'desperate' to do well in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, starting at The Oval on Thursday, and feels it is the series that will kick-start the team's summer.

Though England have played one ODI in the new international season, a rain-affected ODI against Scotland in Aberdeen, Cook doesn't appear to consider that the start to the new season, but more a warm up.

England will play five ODIs against the Asia Cup champions, who have not lost an ODI this year, looking to make up for the dire effort in Australia and the below-par performance in the Caribbean as well.

When asked about the feeling in the camp, Cook said on Wednesday: "I think 'getting going' are the right words.

"Since Australia, it's been a long time – and we just want to get out there and play some cricket, and start whatever's going to happen, the journey of the next year or so.

"It's a bit weird. You turn up and train with half the guys, because the others are resting from Twenty20.

"Against Scotland, we put in a decent performance. But the summer starts now.

"No-one has a divine right to win any game of cricket. You have to earn that right. Sri Lanka are an incredibly dangerous side with some talented players. We are desperate for a good performance."

They did lose the one-off T20 on Tuesday, by nine runs, and while Cook was not playing in the match, he did offer some insights, saying: "At the crucial moments, we didn't quite get our skills right – whether it was with the ball, bat or fielding.

"For 85, probably 90 per cent of that game, we played really well. Maybe (it's) the habit of not winning many games of cricket recently.

"These are games which – when you're flying, as Sri Lanka are as world champions – you find a way of winning.

"It does help when you've beaten a side. Certainly in our camp, you'd feel a lot better.

"When you're on the end of a loss … with a few different players coming back in … you won't look too much into the Twenty20 game. But of course, we would like to have won it."

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