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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cook targets Cardiff mission for reborn England

NEW one-day captain Alastair Cook has revealed England's quest to become the world's best Test side starts in Cardiff.

Cook and the rest of the England squad will return to the Swalec Stadium for the summer's opening Test against World Cup finalists Sri Lanka later this month.

It will the first time the Test side have been together since winning the Ashes series in January where Cook was the star man.

And the Essex opener – who picked up the man-of-the-series award after batting more than 36 hours to score 766 runs at an average of 127 – admits England have their eyes on the No.1 Test ranking.

"It will be the first time we have been back together as a Test side since Sydney," said Cook, who replaced Strauss as the England one-day captain last week.

"We are looking forward to that as a group and moving onto the next stage.

"If we want to become the No.1 Test side in the world we have to beat what is put in front of us this summer – and that starts with Sri Lanka in Cardiff.

"They are full of world-class players with people like Sangakkara and Jayawardene.

"They are rebuilding in terms of their bowling attack because when you lose the 800 wickets of Muralitharan it is a big hole to fill. But they are always a very competitive side."

Cook has urged the Welsh cricket public to again be the 12th man for Andrew Strauss' side

Cardiff was the scene for the historic drawn opening match of the Ashes series in July 2009 when tail-enders Jimmy Anderson and Monty Panesar famously batted out the final overs to secure an unlikely draw.

The result was met by an outburst of emotion by players and fans alike who viewed the result as a victory. England went on to win the series 2-1.

"It might be a little bit strange playing in Wales but it is the England and Wales Cricket Board and the support we had here last time was amazing," said Cook, whose mother hails from Swansea.

"We are heading back to Cardiff where we were here for that first Test against Australia and I am looking forward to an exciting game again,"

"We got out of jail on that occasion.

"I remember the fantastic atmosphere in that game and the Welsh public certainly got behind us.

"That cheer at the end when Jimmy and Monty just did enough to claim the draw was the loudest of the summer."

Meanwhile, Glamorgan fast bowler Will Owen has been handed a reward for his Clydesdale Bank 40 performance against Lancashire by being named in the championship squad to face Kent in Cardiff today.

Owen, who took three for 24 at Old Trafford on Sunday, is in a 12-man squad, and replaces Adam Shantry, who failed a late fitness test on a knee problem.

Owen also comes in for the injured Huw Waters who suffered a lower back injury against Essex.

Waters has had an injection and could return to bowling next weekend if there are no further complications.

All-rounder Jim Allenby has also been named as he looks to make only his second championship appearance of the summer after featuring in the last three one-day games.

Glamorgan: (from) G Rees, A Petersen (capt), W Bragg, M Powell, B Wright, J Allenby, G Wagg, M Wallace (wk), J Harris, R Croft, D Cosker, W Owen.

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