Cook: Those were borderline conditions to play in

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Captain Alastair Cook was pleased to triumph over questionable conditions – and achieve a 39-run triumph – in Friday's one-off ODI against Scotland in Aberdeen.

Captain Alastair Cook was pleased to triumph over questionable conditions – and achieve a 39-run triumph – in Friday's one-off ODI against Scotland in Aberdeen.

Plenty of inclement weather reduced the match to a mere 20 overs per side in front of a patient crowd at Mannofield Park.

Opener Ian Bell's half-century pushed the visitors to a final total of 167 for six, after which spinner James Tredwell's four-wicket haul restricted the Scots to an insufficient 133 for nine.

"Those were borderline conditions to play in. But just in a one-off game, with not so much riding on it, I think it was the right decision. I think it would have been wrong if we hadn't – and credit to both sides for just getting on with it," said Cook.

"Those conditions are as wet as I have ever fielded in. It probably wasn't fit to play, if you are being totally honest. I was in standing water at mid off, and there were other patches like that. But both sides just got on with it. I thought the way Scotland fielded, especially in those conditions, was exceptional.

"I don't think it was dangerous, no – but it was pretty close to it. It was very wet for the bowlers running in, but we just about had enough grip to do it. People still threw themselves around in the field. We were asking 'How wet does it have to get?' I was actually going to ask for a towel to dry my grip, because I couldn't grip my bat."

Left-arm seamer Harry Gurney's performance on debut was relatively low key. The 27-year-old was the most economical of the 11 bowlers deployed throughout the match, conceding a mere 20 runs from four overs, but did not claim a wicket.

"It was obviously a big day for Harry. To make your debut for England is a very special occasion, and one he'll remember for a long time. It wasn't easy conditions to bowl with a bar of soap, but I was impressed by the way he ran in," added Cook.

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