Cook says England can win Champions Trophy `without a doubt`
London: England captain Alastair Cook has said that he is confident that his team can win the ICC Champions Trophy `without a doubt`, after their seven-wicket victory against South Africa brought them into the finals of the eight-nation tournament.
Ecstatic at leading England to their second ICC 50-over final in the past 20 years, Cook said that a successful climax on Sunday at Edgbaston would be a massive achievement, adding that he is confident of winning as they have managed to come into the finals after a long time.
Refusing to downplay the significance of a tournament triumph, Cook said that although it is hard to compare between one-day and the Ashes, they were clear from the start that they wanted to win the Champions Trophy.
Expressing surprise at their well-executed win at The Oval given that the last England captain contemplating an ICC 50-over final was Michael Vaughan in 2004, Cook admitted that his team has entered `uncharted waters`, although he added that they had a relatively smooth victory against South Africa as their ball swung conditionally, probably due to the muggy conditions.
Praising pace bowler James Anderson for providing England`s cutting edge, Cook further said that during such conditions, Anderson is the best bowler a team can rely upon, adding that they managed to keep the South African batsmen pressurised with the ball till the end.
Admitting to facing a selection dilemma with Tim Bresnan ready to return after the birth of his first child, Cook also said that the team is lucky that they have back-up bowlers like Steven Finn, who managed to uphold the reputation of their side with his performance, despite Bresnan`s absence.