England v Sri Lanka: Alastair Cook thrilled with fiery response
England v Sri Lanka: Alastair Cook hails the hosts's response after thrashing the tourists by 10 wickets at Old Trafford
Alastair Cook hailed England’s fiery response to their humiliating loss at Chester-Le-Street after the hosts won the third one-day international against Sri Lanka by an emphatic 10 wickets.
England reduced the tourists to 67 all out after in-form Chris Jordan finished with figures of 5-29, with James Tredwell and James Anderson chipping in with a brace of dismissals at Old Trafford.
It looked a good wicket and it was a difficult decision at the toss but thankfully we decided to bowl first
Cook (30*) and Ian Bell (41*) made light work of chasing down Sri Lanka’s tame target in 12.1 overs as England secured their fastest-ever win in the ODI format.
“That was a really good performance. We discussed what happened at Durham and the lads came out firing, desperate to bounce back,” Cook is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“We might have to expect some ups and downs with the young players. Myself, Jimmy Anderson and Ian Bell will admit that, in the first few years of our career, it took us time to become solid performers – so it does take time.
“Jimmy is world-class when bowling at the top of the order. It looked a good wicket and it was a difficult decision at the toss but thankfully we decided to bowl first.”
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews was left to rue a poor performance from his side as England secured a 2-1 lead in the ODI series.
“It was a very poor performance. You can’t really pinpoint what went wrong,” Mathews added.
“The poor shot selection was the main reason why we only got 67. The English team is hard to beat on home soil but I’ve got the team to do it.”