Cook: We had a point to prove, and we did it

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England captain Alastair Cook was buoyant after his side's 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Wednesday, saying they had a definite 'point to prove' after losing the second game so badly.

England captain Alastair Cook was buoyant after his side's 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Wednesday, saying they had a definite 'point to prove' after losing the second game so badly.

Sri Lanka levelled the series in Durham with a 157-run win, and then England turned it around in Manchester by bowling Sri Lanka out for 67. This was in large part thanks to Chris Jordan's five for 29.

Cook, when asked about the second match, told <i>Sky Sports 2</i>: "We did discuss it of course but it was a really strange game. The way we performed at The Oval to then perform like we did there was really strange.

"But the lads came out firing, desperate to prove a point today, and we did that. We didn't quite get set straight away so the way we held our nerve and kept building pressure, and then when we got the chance Jords really hit the mark."

When asked about Jordan's potential, Cook was positive, and said young players needed time to find their feet: "You only have to look at the guys who are slightly more established senior players, how long they took.

"The first few years of our careers it took us a while to find our feet at international level to be that real solid performer so you're going to have to give those young guys a little bit of time but they're a seriously talented bunch of lads.

"You see how much it means to him (Jordan) every time he gets a wicket and every time he bowls a bad ball, how much it hurts him.

"It's a great attribute to have and obviously he's taken to international cricket really well."

While Cook was an injury concern ahead of the game, his batting showed no issues, though he was wary when fielding, saying: "The body is good.

"It was a tough outfield and I had a little muscle strain coming back. It was a bit wet and I was a little bit cautious but it's fine."

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