After England secure their first win on the tour of Australia, Alastair Cook seemed to be really happy and satisfied about the fact that the team played up to its potential.
Joss Buttler, Ben Stokes and Ian Bell all got half-centuries while Stokes starred with the ball too by taking four scalps.
Cook himself played really well for his 44 as England finished on 316/8 - a target that the George Bailey-led side fell 57 runs short of as Finch’s third ODI ton went in vain.
“It’s been a while since we had this feeling and those couple of dropped catches earlier just made us wait a little bit longer, but all-in-all it was a pretty good,” said Cook after the game.
“It’s been a frustrating tour like that, playing a long way from our potential. You see glimpses like today where we know the standard we can play to.
“So the good thing is we know it’s there. We haven’t for some reason been able to access it on this tour, but when you see the way people have performed today we know we’re not such a bad side.”
He then praised Stokes a lot as the lad gave an all-round show and in the process got his first man of the match award. “He likes playing at the WACA,” Cook added. “He’s an outstanding cricketer, still quite raw, but what he does do is he competes every single ball.”
No one sat back watching others contribute to the team’s cause. Every English player contributed in some way or the other to help England to a 57-run win, which made Stokes pretty much satisfied as well,
“It was a whole team performance,” he said after the game.
“We batted really well. Cooky and Belly started us up front and then Morgs and Jos at the end there got us up to 300. And then I thought we were really consistent tonight, put a lot of pressure on.
“I love the challenge in every game it’s against Australia, the old foe. I’m really enjoying it at this moment in time.
“We start again on Sunday so we’ve got to be professional about that, but we’re going to enjoy it while we can - a first win on tour so we’re really happy.” he added.
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