London: England captain Alastair Cook has dismissed criticism from former Australian cricketer Steve Waugh ahead of the upcoming Ashes and defended his team, saying that his team still remains a `very good` cricket team.
Although Waugh claimed that England was `not as good as they think they are` after their faltering performance in New Zealand, Cook brushed off the criticism and insisted that his team has a lot of class.
Expressing his readiness to put his faith in the amount of experience of the team to win a third successive Ashes contest, Cook said that his team has good bowlers and a number of batsmen who have scored centuries, adding that it will be difficult for the Australians to beat that experience.
Cook further said that the amount of experience in his team has come out in the matches that they have played last winter, adding that his team has managed to come out of the morass it had been in with a younger side.
The captain also praised his senior players, saying that they bring a lot of experience to the team which makes him confident about success in the Ashes series.
However, Cook admitted that his team has an issue with sustaining excellence which was seen after getting to No.1 in the rankings and then losing to Pakistan, although he was confident that his team remains formidable at home.
After a magical 2005 the results dropped off and this winter England beat India away for the first time in 28 years and then drew 0-0 with New Zealand.