England v New Zealand: We’ll learn from this, insists Alastair Cook

England v New Zealand: Alastair Cook insists the hosts will learn from their opening two losses ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Alastair Cook insists England will learn from their mistakes after suffering a one-day international series defeat by New Zealand ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy.

England slumped to a second successive loss at the hands of the Black Caps in the space of three days, crashing out for 273 in response to the visitors’ impressive total of 359-3, with opener Martin Guptil posting a second century in as many innings.

Cook admitted England had been out-batted, out-bowled and out-thought by the Kiwis, but he insisted that his side will use the defeat as a lesson going forward ahead of the final ODI of the three-match series at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

“Clearly we have been outplayed in both matches and it has hurt us, but we have to learn why and get better,” said Cook.

“It was a tough day, being unbeaten for four years at home was a pretty good record and we’re disappointed that it has come to an end.”

England’s batsmen struggled throughout the series, with Jonathan Trott the only man to reach triple figures.

But Trott’s century was not enough to spur the hosts to produce a match-winning innings, and the South African-born batsman expressed his disappointment in the team’s overall performance.

“We reckoned 270 after 40 would be ok but we kept losing wickets. When you chase a big target you need two guys to get big scores,” said Trott.

“We didn’t execute properly in all facets of the game today, if we’re honest. So we are very disappointed.”

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