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Alastair Cook disappointed with England performances

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England captain Alastair Cook has been left disappointed by his side's display in the One Day International series against New Zealand.

England were beaten by 86 runs at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday, largely thanks to 189 not out by Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill.

Jonathan Trott scored a century for the hosts but it was not enough as England were bowled out for 273, chasing 360.

Cook told the BBC: "Clearly we have been outplayed in these two games. It has hurt us but we need to learn why and, with the tournament coming up, get better than we have been in these two games."

New Zealand also beat England in the first ODI at Lords on Friday, winning the match by five wickets, thanks again to a Guptill century.

It means New Zealand have won the series with the final game of the three-match series at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

The defeats come just one week before England start their ICC Champions Trophy campaign against Australia on Saturday.

The Three Lions were the favourites for the tournament before the series but some bookies now have them as second favourite behind South Africa.

England will also face New Zealand and Sri Lanka in their group with the top two progressing through to the semi-finals.

 

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