England Excited By Sri Lanka Challenge - Cook

Watch as Alastair Cook looks ahead to England's seven-match One-Day International series in Sri Lanka and discusses Kevin Pietersen, Gary Ballance and his own position as captain.

He starts by talking about how excited England are ahead of the series, which gets underway on 26th November, and the opportunities it offers them ahead of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand later this year.

This is, he says, "without a doubt", England's best chance of winning the World Cup thanks to the planning that has gone into organising a run of ODIs ahead of the series.

Unusually, the World Cup will not be immediately preceded by an Ashes series.

He then answers questions about whether England's batsmen need to be scoring their runs more quickly and talks about his own break ahead of the series.

Do England need to change the way they approach ODI cricket? Cook doesn't think so. Conscious that they need to improve, he says that if the individuals in the team all perform to their best, they will be a match for anybody.

And responding to criticism of his own position both as an opening batsman and captain, he is bullish.

"I think the only time have been number one as a side in one-day cricket, I was the captain," he said.

Inevitably, attention turned to Kevin Pietersen's book, but Cook claims that he and the team have already moved on.

He says that during their time preparing for this series, the book has not even been mentioned.

And finally, he pays tribute to Gary Ballance, who has been named as the ICC Emerging Cricketer Of The Year.

Cook lauds his character and determination.

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