England v New Zealand: It wasn’t a wake-up call, insists Alastair Cook
England v New Zealand: Alastair Cook says the hosts' emphatic five-wicket loss to the Black Caps wasn't a "wake-up call"
Alastair Cook has insisted England’s emphatic one-day international defeat by New Zealand was not a “wake-up call” ahead of next week’s ICC Champions Trophy.
Martin Guptill’s unbeaten century led the Black Caps to a comfortable five-wicket win over Cook’s men in the first ODI of the three-match series at a sun-soaked Lord’s.
The defeat leaves England with just a week to find their form in the remaining ODIs at the Rose Bowl and Trent Bridge before their Champions Trophy campaign kicks off against Australia at Edgbaston next Saturday.
But Cook moved quickly to dismiss any worries about his side’s form.
“I don’t think it was a wake-up call. I just didn’t think we got it right today,” said the England captain.
“The batsmen did the hard bit – all of us got in but none of us made the big score. It’s frustrating when it happens in the game.”
England meandered their way through their innings to make 227 from 50 overs – Jonathan Trott top scored with 37 from 53 balls on what was a good batting wicket.
Several of the hosts’ batsmen looked composed in the crease, with Ian Bell and Joe Root finding the boundary early on in their innings.
But nobody was able to settle as New Zealand kept a tight grip on the run-rate, and Cook hinted he was frustrated by his side’s failure to capitalise on the perfect batting conditions.
“We have quality players but none of us got the runs. We kept losing wickets at the wrong time. I think 260 was a good effort. We got in a good position to do that at 120-2,” he added.