Australia v England 4th ODI; Alastair Cook smiling again at the WACA after long-awaited win
Last Updated: 24/01/14 6:19pm
Alastair Cook has praised the performance of Ben Stokes as England beat Australia in the fourth ODI.
England captain Alastair Cook spoke of his relief after ending a nine-match losing streak against Australia in the fourth one-day international at the WACA.
Cook's men avoided the ignominy of back-to-back whitewash series defeats with a 57-run victory in Perth, albeit against an Australia side missing a number of key players.
Ben Stokes starred in Western Australia for the second time this winter, following up his maiden Test match hundred in the third Ashes Test with a match-winning all-round display on Friday.
Speaking afterwards, Cook, who before play signalled his intention to stay on as captain of the one-day side, spoke of his own personal relief to finally secure a victory Down Under.
He said: "It's been a while since we've had this feeling. Those couple of dropped catches at the end made us wait a little bit longer but all-in-all it's been a pretty good performance.
"It's been a frustrating tour because we've played a long way below our potential. You could see glimpses today where we know the standards we can play to. The good thing is we know that it's there, we haven't for some reason been able to access it, but we know that we're not such a bad side. "
On Stokes, Cook added: "He likes playing at the WACA doesn't he?. A hundred and a six-for in the Test match and 70 and four-for here.
"He's an outstanding cricketer. He's still quite raw obviously, but what he does do is compete for every single ball.
"You could see how he didn't shy away from the challenge today."
In the post-match press conference Cook reiterated his desire to stay on as ODI skipper and continue preparations ahead of next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
"I think what I've learnt over three years as a one-day captain it would be wrong so close to a World Cup to change," he said.
"We are getting some very valuable experience here of conditions which we are going to play in during the World Cup. If I am still given the opportunity then I'd like to be (captain)."
Cook admitted his hint at quitting the captaincy had come in the heat of a defeat in Sydney, adding: "I spoke what I was feeling and sometimes you probably shouldn't do that but I did. We can move on from it.
"In the last four or five days I have done quite a lot of talking to some of the guys. Sometimes you do need a bit of reassurance when you've lost a lot of games on a tour.
"When you chat to some guys you trust and you respect what they're thinking it gives you the confidence."