Champions Trophy 2013: Cook backs England to deliver under pressure
Champions Trophy 2013: England captain Alastair Cook is confident his side can deliver under pressure ahead of their semi-final
Alastair Cook says he is confident England can deliver under pressure ahead of their Champions Trophy semi-final against South Africa on Wednesday.
The hosts booked their place in the last four courtesy of a nerve-wracking 10-run victory over New Zealand in their final group game after a loss to Sri Lanka left them teetering on the brink of an exit.
And Cook believes England’s ability to beat the Black Caps in a rain-affected 24-over match proves his side can deliver in testing circumstances.
“Obviously, I felt Cardiff was a good test to see where we were as a side in terms of having to deliver under pressure, having to win the game to go through pretty much,” Cook said.
“We knew that was the case, and when it’s such a shortened game, you can get taken away from what your principles are, what you’re meant to be doing.
“You can get distracted from it in terms of thinking, well, I just need to whack it straightaway. How calm we were both with bat and ball was very key.
“But what impressed me most about that was the way the lads delivered under pressure, and if we’re going to go far in this tournament and obviously further down the line, we’re going to have to do that. That was a good step for us.”