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Cook expects improved New Zealand in one-dayers

England captain Alastair Cook expects New Zealand to be far stronger in an upcoming one-day series after inflicting Test humiliation upon the Black Caps. England completed a 2-0 series whitewash with a crushing 247-run win in the second Test at Headingley concluded Tuesday -- a match where Cook became the first England batsman to score 25 Test hundreds with a second innings 130.

But the teams have now switched formats, with the first of a three-match one-day series taking place at Lord’s -- where England won the first Test by 170 runs after New Zealand collapsed to 68 all out -- on Friday. However, when the two sides met in limited overs action in New Zealand earlier this year, the results were much closer.

Now the tourists have also been bolstered by the arrival of several experienced one-day specialists ahead of next month’s Champions Trophy tournament in England and Wales featuring the world’s top eight teams in 50 overs per side cricket. ‘I think it’s always been the strength of their cricket, the shorter forms,’ Cook told reporters at Lord’s on Thursday.

‘Out in New Zealand both the Twenty20 and one-day series went down to the last game, so we are expecting another tight contest. ‘New Zealand are a very strong one-day team and their record in big trophies, in big games proves that.’ County experience also helps England players.
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