England v NZ: Alastair Cook ready for quick turnaround to one-dayers
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 31/05/13 8:26am
Alastair Cook believes the one-day series will stand England in good stead ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy.
Alastair Cook admits it is a quick turnaround for England as they prepare for the first ODI with New Zealand hot on the heels of the end of their Test series.
Cook's men enjoyed a comprehensive 2-0 Test series win over the Black Caps but now have to quickly get into one-day mode for three 50-over matches with the same opposition before the start of the ICC Champions Trophy.
It is another step on the road of a huge international summer, but Cook is taking it one step at a time and says they will be fully focused on these three games with New Zealand.
"It's obviously a very quick turnaround, seems quite strange after just a day off, but it's an important series in its own right," Cook told Sky Sports News.
"We've got three games here then the Champions Trophy so we want to win as many games as possible to breed more confidence.
"Every time you've had recent success over an opposition it gives you confidence but New Zealand are a good one-day side - their record in big trophies and big games proves that so it's a big test for us."
Switching from Test to one-day cricket so quickly can cause problems, but Cook says County Championship cricket helps the English players deal with the transition.
"It's one of the challenges for players, it's obviously a mental thing but in County Cricket you're brought up on playing a four-day game and then next day a one-day game or Twenty20 so we're all pretty used to it.
"We've got three games here then the Champions Trophy so we want to win as many games as possible to breed more confidence."
"But you just make sure mentally you're right. We don't want to hit too many balls as we've been batting for so long in Test matches, but just make sure you're quick on your feet to the spinners and that you're doing the basics well."
More good news for England comes with Kevin Pietersen being back batting in the nets, and Cook will be glad to have him back and available for selection.
"It's great news for English cricket to have him back playing again," Cook said of Pietersen.
"He's practising first of all but it's encouraging that he's progressing well so things are looking positive on that front and fingers crossed it won't be long until he's out there in the middle.
"Any time you get to that final stage when you're allowed to be batting is really encouraging, and he'll be soon pressing for a place not only in the Test squad but the one-dayers as well."
England (from): AN Cook (captain), IR Bell, IJL Trott, JE Root, EJG Morgan, JC Buttler (wkt), TT Bresnan, GP Swann, SCJ Broad, ST Finn, JM Anderson, CR Woakes
New Zealand (from): B McCullum (captain), L Ronchi (wkt), M Guptill, K Williamson, R Taylor, G Elliott, D Vettori, D Bracewell, T Southee, N McCullum, M McClenaghan, K Mills, J Franklin