Cook welcomes renewed relationship with Farbrace

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Captain Alastair Cook is confident former Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace's appointment as England assistant coach won't negatively affect next month's series across the United Kingdom.

Captain Alastair Cook is confident former Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace's appointment as England assistant coach won't negatively affect next month's series across the United Kingdom.

Farbrace's brief tenure has head coach of Sri Lanka was highlighted by title-winning success in the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 earlier this year.

He has since resigned – and was named understudy to new England head coach Peter Moores earlier this week.

"That won't have an impact, no. Relief's probably not the right word; I'm happy it's all sorted if that makes sense," said Cook. "You're glad you can start making plans, start making those first steps into the side and the culture you want to create.

"Of course as a side to become successful just because you change a few personnel, it takes a lot of hard work, time and effort to do that. I was coached by Farbrace when I was 15 and then again when I was 17, so in the county game he's been at Yorkshire and Kent.

"I've been involved with him a little bit there, I haven't seen him for a couple of years, but he's someone who has got a great record, and it's a good combination to have between those two. I can't remember our exact first meeting, but a fair few things have changed, in a good way, obviously."

The 29-year-old Cook has enjoyed a fine stretch of form for Essex across county cricket this month, amassing large centuries against Derbyshire at Chelmsford and Sussex at The Oval. The latter was coupled with an insightful conversation with the experienced Graham Ford, who coached Sri Lanka before Farbrace.

"Graham was here and on the first day I was quizzing him about Farbrace, and everyone I've spoken to him about speaks highly of him. And he's a good addition because he hasn't really been involved in an England set-up before and he'll have some new ideas," added Cook.

"And he's experienced a great deal, especially recently coaching Sri Lanka. I'm certainly looking forward to meeting Paul again, and seeing how things go from there. I think the captain has a very big involvement, as we all know the captain-coach relationship is very important in cricket, and I need to sit down with Moores and Paul, sit down and get our heads together on exactly what we want to achieve, and how we're going to go about it."

The English and Sri Lankans will meet for a one-off Twenty20 International, five ODIs and two Tests between 20 May and 24 June. Lord's in London will host the first Test and Headingley in Leeds the second.

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