Performance in warm-up games is irrelevant: Alastair Cook

"You're not going to be remembered for what happened in the warm-up games; you're going to be remembered for what happens in the actual tournament," says England captain when asked about Australia's capitulation for just 65 runs against India.

updated: June 07, 2013 22:39 IST
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Obviously this is a great opportunity for England to win one of these events for the first time. I think it's also your first local tournament, isn't it? How big a deal does it feel to you?

Yeah, it is my first one. I'm really looking forward to the challenges of being in a world tournament. You get into a series, and you get to play against the same team three or five times. So this is very different in terms of having to play against a different team every day or every game you play and having to adjust your skills to the certain players straightaway. And you have to start pretty quickly in this tournament otherwise, you have three games to get to the group, you have to win definitely two of them. So it's going to be a tough tournament that way, but I think it's a great tournament because it's so quick.

Whether you like it or not, Alastair, it is the first of, I think, 26 internationals against Australia which you play between now and the beginning of February. Does it seem the beginning of something separating from the tournament?

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