England v India: Champions Trophy preview

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England will bid to win a first global 50-over tournament when they meet India in the final of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Victory will see England lift the trophy for the very first time, and captain Alastair Cook is confident that his players have what it takes to cause an upset.

Despite 16 failed campaigns to date in this tournament and the World Cup, confidence is high in the England camp, and Cook is hoping it will be fifth time lucky in terms of winning a final.

"The guys are just raring to go," he said. "I'm fully confident that we can upset India on Sunday.

"It is very important for us - one of our major goals this summer was to try and win the Champions Trophy. Not only will it break that duck of 38 years, but also prepare well for the World Cup, if you're looking long-term.

"The lads, in the last two games under pressure, delivered two excellent performances. I can see no reason why we can't do it."

England opened their 2013 Champions Trophy campaign with a 48-run victory over Australia before losing to a Kumar Sangakkara-inspired Sri Lanka, meaning they needed to beat New Zealand in their final group game to reach the final four.

They did so, by 10 runs, in a match reduced to 24 overs per side following heavy rain in Cardiff, and then devastated South Africa by seven wickets in the semi-final at The Oval.

England (from); A.Cook (captain), J.Anderson, J.Bairstow, I.Bell, R.Bopara, T.Bresnan, S.Broad, J.Buttler (wicket keeper), S.Finn, E.Morgan, J.Root, G.Swann, J.Tredwell, J.Trott, C.Woakes



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