England v New Zealand: Alastair Cook relishing home advantage
England v New Zealand: Alastair Cook wants his side to get off to a quick start and capitalise on home advantage next week
Alastair Cook says he is relishing the chance to captain England on home soil ahead of their forthcoming Test series against New Zealand.
The left-handed opening batsmen has skippered England in seven Tests since succeeding Andrew Struass in August but is yet to lead his side out on home turf following tours of India and New Zealand.
Cook’s men drew the three-Test series with the Black Caps in March, and the 28-year-old hopes England can get off to a quick start against the Kiwis in the first Test at Lord’s on 16 May.
“I have captained nine Test matches now and all of them have been away, so I’m looking forward to doing that at home,” Cook told the ECB’s website.
“Obviously Lord’s is the first one for New Zealand; it’s a great place to play cricket so to captain there – hopefully we can cap it off with a good performance.
“Hopefully we can get our standards back to where we were in India and other times in the recent past.
“The work ethic and the drive in the team has always been there, with Andy Flower and Ashley Giles there’s no room for not setting us high standards – they are always pushing us.”
Cook captained England to their first Test series victory on Indian soil since 1984-85 in December.