London: Bubbling with confidence after an emphatic semi-final triumph, England captain Alastair Cook is hoping that it his team's turn to lift the ICC Champions Trophy come Sunday.
"I've got no doubt that the guys in our dressing room will turn up on Sunday. You know, I'm fully confident in the lads that they can do that. I just hope it's our turn," Cook said after the seven-wicket win over South Africa in the first semi-final here on Wednesday.
"...finals can bring out the best in people, and I think this England side in particular has delivered certainly when the chips have been down and the pressure has been up at its highest," he told reporters in the post-match press conference.
"It would be a massive achievement. It's very hard to do. It's taken a long time to get to the finals. We got to the finals in 2004 and couldn't quite get over the line. I hope this time we can get one better."
Cook said he never thought that the win against South Africa, who were bowled out for 175, would be so comfortable.
"Obviously if we had said we'd win by seven wickets by 5:00 o'clock today as we walked to the grounds, obviously, we would have almost laughed at you. But clearly it was a good toss to win, adjusted enough and it swung, first on the white ball," he said.
"It swung conventionally in this tournament. Probably down to the muggy conditions. It's obviously, quite warm out there on Wedneday. When it does swing like that, there is no bowler in the world you'd want other than Jimmy Anderson bowling with it.
Obviously, he was outstanding, and the other guys backed him up," he added. Asked about ace spinner Graeme Swann, who missed the match due to injury, Cook said, "...it's going to be a very tough selection call if Swann is fit. It's a good headache to have. We've been over the last couple games when Swanny has missed out."
"We've been saying how lucky we are to have Tredders (James Tredwell) as back-up. He's more than back-up at the moment; he's been outstanding," Cook said. "So it's going to be a tough selection call if Swanny is fit. As I said, we won't risk it if it's touch and go."
More from this Section
May 20, 2015, 5:06 pm IST
May 20, 2015, 4:32 pm IST
May 20, 2015, 12:50 pm IST
May 20, 2015, 11:05 am IST