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Cook wants to test England`s strengths against India

Updated: Jul 09, 2011, 23:03 PM IST

Manchester: England`s ODI skipper Alastair Cook on Friday reckoned that the series against world champions India and runners-up Sri Lanka would give the side a good idea of where it stands in the 50-over game.

"My first two series (as one-day captain) are against India and Sri Lanka, the two World Cup finalists, and everyone said what strong sides they will be. But we want to test ourselves against the best," Cook said.

In charge of the one-day side, Cook said he`d have no problems giving up leadership responsibilities to Andrew Strauss for the upcoming four-Test series against India, which starts at Lord`s on July 21.

"Not at all. I can concentrate hard on the captaincy and then go back into the ranks. It takes a lot out of you and having shorter periods (as captain) gives you the chance to refresh nicely. I`m sure Straussy is raring to go," he told reporters.

PTI