England remain focussed on World Cup, says Panesar

England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar said the side remains focussed on performing well at next month’s World Cup and will not be distracted by last week’s tri-series finals success over world champions Australia.

England recovered from a 5-0 Ashes series drubbing to overcome Australia (2-0 in the best-of-three finals) and New Zealand in the tri-series, and can now be considered as a serious contender for cricket’s showpiece event in the Caribbean.

“The win has lifted everyone, everyone’s very positive. But obviously we are still going to be focussed (for the World Cup),” the 24-year-old told on Friday during his visit to Mumbai for a cricket reality television show.

“We’ve shown in Australia that we are a good one-day team. We can have a good tournament and do well in the World Cup,” added Panesar, who last year became the first Sikh to represent England in Test cricket during a series in India.

In spite of clinching the tri-series with four-wicket and 34-run wins over Australia, England are struggling with injuries to captain Michael Vaughan and seamers Jon Lewis and James Anderson.

“We just showed great character,” Panesar added. “We played together as a team —- the senior players led from the front and the youngsters just followed them,” explained the player who made his One-day International (ODI) debut during the series before being picked for the World Cup.

Source:The News

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