Cook pleased with England show
England showed captain Alastair Cook the skill and resilience they will need to get back on track this summer as they beat both their hosts and the miserable weather in Aberdeen.
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A half-century from Ian Bell, from just 33 balls, and fine new-ball bowling from James Anderson helped to put the visitors on course for their 39-run success against Scotland.
The deal was then sealed by a career-best four for 41 from James Tredwell, in a one-day international which got under way five and a half hours late and was then further reduced to 20-overs-per-side by yet more rain.
Cook contributed to an opening stand of 83 with Bell (50) and, having done his bit to ensure a result for a sell-out crowd by willingly batting on through most of a particularly heavy shower, he reserved particular praise for the efforts of Bell and Anderson.
"They're never in doubt, those two guys," he said.
"I thought the way Belly especially batted on that wicket - no one really timed the ball that well - for him to just flow like that, it is just class."
Cook is also encouraged by the form and commitment of all the England regulars who have responded to their Ashes whitewash and other troubles last winter by restating international credentials with runs or wickets for their county clubs.
"I've been impressed with a lot of the guys, going back to county cricket," said Cook, who has made significant runs himself at Essex.
"A lot of them are seasoned pros, who have played a lot of international cricket.
"We know after the winter, how we need to turn over a new leaf - and a lot of the senior guys have gone back to county cricket and shown their class.
"Their places are up for grabs, and they've proven they're the best players in the country."
Cook was heartened too by the performance of Harry Gurney on debut, the left-arm seamer recording unremarkable figures of none for 20 but doing his bit in defence of a Duckworth-Lewis target of 173 after England had made 167 for six.
"It was obviously a big day for Harry Gurney.
"To make your debut for England is a very special occasion, and one he'll remember for a long time.
"It wasn't easy conditions to bowl with a bar of soap, but I was impressed by the way he ran in."
It was Tredwell who bore the brunt of some towering blows from Aberdeen's own Michael Leask, who is hoping his summer contract with Cricket Scotland may lead to full-time employment and the end of his days as a bank clerk.
"I'm quite a confident person when I go into bat," said the 23-year-old, who hit five sixes and two fours off just 16 balls.
"I know I can hit the ball quite cleanly ... and if I aim straight I usually connect quite well.
"The bank has been put on the back-burner just now. I'm hoping takes off for me, and this is a platform I can build from."