Cook insists dangerous England can win the Champions Trophy

Julian Harris
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ENGLAND captain Alastair Cook believes his team pose a serious threat to their ICC Champions Trophy rivals, having guaranteed qualification into the semi-finals.

Yesterday’s 10-run victory over New Zealand confirmed the host side’s progression from Group A.

Rain earlier in the day limited the match to 24 overs each, with England’s score of 169 all out proving too much for the visitors, who ended on 159-8.

“We’re very happy to be in the semi-final – that was a very good performance from the lads,” Cook said. Asked if England could go all the way and win the tournament, the 28-year-old added: “It’s two games to go now, isn’t it? If we play well, we’re a dangerous side.”

England sit top of the group, yet could be nudged into second place if Sri Lanka thrash Australia at the Oval later on today. The semi-finals take place on Wednesday and Thursday this week, with India and South Africa also already qualified.

Cook hit six boundaries – two of which went for six – during a knock of 64 yesterday. Yet despite sitting on 164-6 with two overs remaining, England were bowled out with only five more runs added to the board.

The total was enough, however, as excellent bowling from James Anderson, who took three wickets, pinned back New Zealand and ensured a crowd-pleasing victory.