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Alastair Cook hails England character

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Alastair Cook has hailed England's character after they beat New Zealand at Trent Bridge in the third match of the one-day series.

Despite the 34-run victory, England lost the series after defeats at Lords and Southampton.

Cook admits that although the side isn't playing to their full potential, they can take positives from the series defeat.

"We haven't quite got it right in this series, we've been operating at about 75%," the England captain told reporters.

"But here we showed a lot of character and the different balance of the side worked well."

England now face Australia in their first Champions Trophy match on Saturday and rested key bowlers James Anderson and Graeme Swann.

Impressive bowling displays from James Tredwell and Joe Root meant that Cook may face a selection dilemma.

When asked whether playing two spinners was now an option in the Champions Trophy he replied: ""Two spinners is a thought. "We are lucky to have two very different spinners, so they could play together."

Jos Buttler was the man-of-the-match was a quick-fire 47 in 16 balls, ultimately giving England the win. 

The wicket-keeper, 22, only made his ODI debut against Pakistan in February but has shown great maturity when he's featured. He hopes there are many more performances like that from him and is excited at the prospect of the Champions Trophy on Saturday.

"It was a good opportunity, with a licence to go out and express myself at the end of the innings," Buttler said. "We got a good score in the end and defended it well, and it's nice to contribute to a winning performance. Hopefully there are many more to come.

"It's great to have the Champions Trophy in England and everyone is very much looking forward to it."

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was full of praise for England's match winner. He described the youngster as 'world class' and believes he was the real difference between the two sides.

"Buttler's innings was world class and to concede 76 off four overs, the other part was losing 4-20 through the middle, but other than that our performance was really good," said McCallum.

 

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