England treble chance a long shot for Cook
Jun 28 2012 - 21:49:28
England may have a chance at the unpredecented feat of becoming the first side to top the world rankings in all three formats -- but don't bother telling one-day captain Alastair Cook.
England face Australia, the current 50-over table toppers, at Lord's here on Friday in the first of five-match series knowing a clean sweep of their oldest rivals will see them to the summit of the one-day, as well as the Test and Twenty20 rankings.
But for opening batsman Cook, Friday's match is enough of an event in itself and he also dismissed suggestions these fixtures would have any bearing on England's defence of the Ashes at home to Australia next year.
England have won their past six ODI series on home soil, but Cook, speaking at Lord's on Thursday, said: "Let's not get too carried away.
"It's the start of a series against the current world number one side.
"They're a very good side and they've proved that over a number of years. That's why they're at the top of the rankings.
"It would be an amazing achievement (to get to number one).
"We are very much a developing one-day side and we're desperate to keep going up the rankings.
"But ... we have got plenty of stuff to keep improving on. Over next 12 days we have a chance to do that," added Cook who last week led his side to a 2-0 ODI series win over the West Indies.
"I think we are progressing as a team," said Cook.
"We've got a really good test of ourselves now. They've proven they are going to be a really tough and dangerous one-day side and a tough side to beat.
"We've got to have to be at our absolute best."
As for any influence on the Ashes, Cook said: "When we're sitting here in a year's time talking about the Ashes we'll be talking about Test cricket and a different format."