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Alastair Cook pleased with England's performance under pressure

Alastair Cook pleased with England's performance under pressure
Alastair Cook hopes England can replicate their success in the Test format too.
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England Test captain Alastair Cook has praised England's performance in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 tournament and is pleased with the way they have played in pressure situations.

After a defeat against West Indies in their very first game, England went on to win the remaining games to make it all the way to the final of the tournament.

Even in those wins, England were under pressure, especially against South Africa where they chased down 230 runs and against Afghanistan where they recovered from a batting collapse.

Stating that the performance of England in the World T20 is very encouraging, Cook is confident that the same kind of success can be replicated with the Test side, especially in situations where the team is under pressure to perform.

“When they’ve been up against it, whether that was chasing 230 against South Africa or at seven down against Afghanistan, someone has dug them out of it and produced a performance of real character,” Cook said at the launch of this year’s NatWest CricketForce initiative.

“They were different pressures, where their hopes in the tournament were hanging by a thread and it’s been pleasing to see how the guys have performed under that pressure and knowing there isn’t a second chance.

“That’s encouraging for the Twenty20 side and will give them confidence for Sunday but it’s also good for the Test side, knowing they can turn games around when their backs are against the wall.”

The 31-year-old also advised England not to worry too much about the magnitude of the final and has asked them to play the game with the same freedom with which they have succeeded in the tournament.

“Absolutely they can do it.

“You need a bit of luck in this tournament and the guys have to keep their attitude and pretend it’s not the final, not think about winning and just play as they have played.

“They have to play with smiles on their faces and if they can do that they’ve got a great chance.”

Both England and West Indies have the chance of being the first team in the history of the format to win two World T20 titles when they meet each other for the final on 3rd April in Kolkata.

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