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Success in India crucial: Cook
Saturday 17 September 2011

England might have stamped their dominance on the traveling Indian side by beating them in the fifth and final ODI in Cardiff. But England skipper Alastair Cook is already wary of an Indian fightback when the two sides face-off once again next month.

"We are going to need that over the next couple of months in the sub-continental conditions, where we haven't played a huge amount of successful one-day cricket," Cook said after the six-wicket win over India in the fifth and final ODI here on Friday.

"Our learning curve is going to be steep, but I'm very confident in the players we've got. When we went to India last time (in 2008) we didn't win a game, so that shows the challenge we have ahead of us in these next two months," he added, referring to the five-match ODI series starting on October 14 in Hyderabad.

Cook was overtly delighted at the discovery of a young talent in Jonny Bairstow who made his side's difficult chase an easy one on Friday.

"What a way to make an international statement...I think we've just found a player. I don't want to heap too much pressure on him. But to make your debut like that and go and play in such a controlled but such a positive way was incredible," Cook said.

"Everyone, the lads in the dressing room, was saying we've just found one," he added in appreciation of the debutant's innings.

Bairstow made 41 from 21 balls with a four and three sixes and helped England chase down a difficult target of 241 in 34 overs with 10 balls still remaining.

"The batting line-up as a whole can take a lot of credit for that, and the way Jonny (Bairstow) and Ravi (Bopara) finished it off was spectacular. What we have done is started off on what we hope will be a very successful journey," Cook said.

"With these young players coming in now - people like Jade, who's made a mark, obviously Jonny, Ben Stokes - I'm very happy with how we've played in certain areas."

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