Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cook Warns His Side against Being Complacent

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cook Warns His Side against Being Complacent

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the men from the boys, Twenty20 will always be something of a lottery.

"You can never go in with any degree of confidence that your strengths will automatically come to the fore," warned Cook.

"After this week we've got teams to play now who on paper are getting towards the bottom of the group - Yorkshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire (the current bottom three) - so there are opportunities.

"I think there's a nice air of confidence around the team, but it's not a feeling of superiority." With no Championship game until July 21, Durham have no excuses for not concentrating on the job in hand - qualifying for the last eight of the Twenty20. Cook initially set his team a target of four wins from their last eight matches, but having seen them start that sequence with victories over Lancashire and Leicestershire, he has raised the bar.

"We have six games left and it would be lovely if we could win half of them," he commented. "That should be enough to reach the quarter-finals.

"Up until now we've played some improving Twenty20 cricket and we've just got to ensure we try and continue that improvement.

"We've played on some pretty good wickets for the batsman, which has induced an improvement in our batting."

With overseas batsman David Miller back in South Africa to play for his country's "A" team in a short one-day tournament, there is a place up for grabs in the Durham line-up for their frustrated fringe players.

Paul Collingwood will come back into the team in what could be a straight swap, having returned to fitness after a groin problem at Aigburth. But Mark Stoneman and Ben Raine are both in the 13 if Durham want to keep up their quota of left-handers without Miller.

Stoneman has been unable to get back into the side after a broken hand, while Sunderland-born Raine - a 19-year-old who played for Northumberland last season - will be pushing for his first-team debut.

Will Smith is most likely be the man to make way were either to come in. …

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