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Cook's eyes on England success; Cricket.

ALASTAIR Cook is hoping to lead England on an unprecedented surge to glory which he believes could end with them winning the World Cup in two years' time.

The England captain is confident that despite a disappointing series draw against New Zealand his side possess the talent to win the Champions Trophy and the Ashes Test series this summer in what would be a unique double for English sport.

Cook said: "We haven't won an ICC 50-over event so that is certainly a priority.

"We've got the tournament here in our home conditions which we hope to make the most of and then in two years' time there is the World Cup (in Australia and New Zealand). We haven't won that either.

"They are two big tournaments coming up and we have the team, if we keep developing, to have a chance of winning them."

The Champions Trophy begins on June 6 and England play in Group A against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

In a hectic summer, they warm up first with a Test series against New Zealand which begins in six weeks and Cook is confident his side will put behind them their lacklustre showing in the reverse series which ended in three drawn matches.

"We knew how tough it would be," said Cook. "New Zealand have got some really good young players who we will hear a lot more about in the future. The bottom line is we did not play as well as we could have done and if you do that in any international team you don't deserve to win."

Cook was speaking at the launch of the NatWest CricketForce initiative, an ECB inspired project aimed at rejuvenating clubs and getting facilities up to scratch for when the new season begins.

The project involves an army of volunteers. Teesside clubs involved include Norton and Yarm.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 6, 2013
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