Champions Trophy 2013: Cook hails England’s ‘outstanding performance’

Champions Trophy 2013: England captain Alastair Cook hails his side's "outstanding performance" after a seven-wicket victory

By Callum Orr
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Alastair Cook's men booked their place in the Champions Trophy final on Wednesday

Alastair Cook hailed England’s “outstanding performance” after his side outclassed South Africa by seven wickets to reach Sunday’s Champions Trophy final.

After winning the toss, England’s bowlers made relatively light work of dismissing the Proteas for a modest total of 175, with James Tredwell the pick of the bowlers as he took three wickets for just 19 runs.

And the home side’s batsmen capitalised on their team-mates’ good work as they comfortably chased down the required target with 12.3 overs to spare, largely thanks to the 105-run partnership shared by the impressive Jonathan Trott (82) and Joe Root (48).

Cook was delighted with his team’s collective performance, crediting his bowlers in particular for giving England the early advantage.

“It’s what you want in a semi-final,” said Cook. “It was a good toss to win but you’ve still got to execute those plans and it was an outstanding performance again.

“It hasn’t swung conventionally but when it does Jimmy Anderson is the best in the world and that was an outstanding opening spell.

“To win any tournament you need everyone contributing at different times, Joss [Buttler] with some great keeping, and Tredders [James Tredwell] is always so reliable.”

Looking ahead to the final, Cook was confident that England will be a match for whoever they come up against, citing the home support as a huge confidence booster.

“Hopefully India and Sri Lanka can have a tight game tomorrow and knock themselves about a bit and we can stay fresh,” he added.

“We don’t mind who we play as we’re very lucky to have our home support, which has been great today.”

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