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Cook garners praise from Flower
Tuesday 12 July 2011

England coach Andy Flower is impressed with the impact new ODI captain Alastair Cook has had on the side. Cook’s performances in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka have been impressive with the southpaw scoring 298 runs at 74.50 and a strike rate of 96.75 in a 3-2 series win over the islanders.

And Flower believes that the double series win over Sri Lanka was a good test for England.

"It was a very good test," he said after England's 16-run series-clinching win at Old Trafford last weekend.

"They are a very good one-day side, World Cup finalists recently, and three of the five tracks weren't ideal English conditions -- so I think we've done very well to win."

The Zimbabwean was particularly happy with the way Cook handled the pressure right from the beginning and complimented the England captain for being flexible.

"He had some tricky decisions to make throughout the series, and he was under pressure from a number of quarters.

"I thought he handled that pressure really well, and made some really good decisions out there in this last match. He had to be very flexible, and he was."

"He should feel very proud of his contribution with the bat, and how he's handled some of the pressure he's been under." Flower concluded.

England take on World Champions India in a grueling series which begins from July 21st onwards.

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