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Cricket Betting: Cook believes that England should be cautious with New Zealand
By Andrew Scott Wednesday, 22 May 2013 05:28
Cricket betting fans learned that Alastair Cook, England captain, rejected suggestions that during their winter tour his side underestimated New Zealand, and said that if they are to win the upcoming return series his side will have to be at their best.
In March, the Kiwis outplayed Cook’s side for large parts of the three-game series, but cricket betting fans saw that they struggled to a 0-0 draw.
“I don’t think we were complacent. We didn’t play as well as we could have done, that is the bottom line,” said Cook, whose side will face the Kiwis this week at Lords in the first of two Tests.
With home advantage, England will start the series as the favourites with the cricket betting fans against a Kiwi side that is ranked six places below them.
However, Cook believes that on the upcoming contest, recent past rankings and results will have no bearing whatsoever, and many fans that closely follow his side’s cricket scores fully agree.
“It doesn’t matter what has gone on before,” said the 28-year-old. “It is a hugely important series and we are firmly concentrating on these two weeks of cricket against New Zealand. They have proved how difficult they are to beat and we have to be at our best here.
“We’ve done a lot of talking and had a good build-up to this Test match. We’re excited about being at Lords and being back at home again.”
England will play again with Graeme Swann against New Zealand after the player received elbow surgery.
And Cook is very happy to see his side’s bowling become stronger by the Nottinghamshire spinner’s return, and many fans are confident that he’ll seriously help with the cricket scores.
“It is great to have him (Swann) back,” said Cook. “He adds strength in depth to the spin department. You can’t buy experience and you always miss players of that calibre when they are not around.
Cricket betting fans found out that Tim Bresnan also returned after being operated on his elbow, and Cook believes that the Yorkshire pace bowler will give much needed strength in depth.
Do you have players? We can handle them for you.
“It is great to have Bresy (Bresnan) back in the squad,” added Cook. “With the amount of cricket we’re playing in the next 12 months we are going to need more than just 11 players. We’ll do as we always do and pick the best 11 for the conditions.”