6 Apr 2013

Cook sets sights on 2015 cricket World Cup

10:51 am on 6 April 2013

The England captain Alastair Cook believes his team could be on the verge of a period of sustained dominance which would peak with a World Cup triumph in two years.

Cook is confident England's recent lacklustre displays in the drawn test series against New Zealand were just a blip that will soon be forgotten as they head into a frenetic programme over the next few months.

England play New Zealand in a test series rematch at home, then also host the limited-overs Champions Trophy and the Ashes test series before heading to Australia for a second Ashes campaign.

Cook's men will be back in Australia and New Zealand for the 2015 World Cup and the opening batsman is convinced a good run over the next year can be the catalyst for England to win the tournament for the first time.

The Champions Trophy begins on June 6 and England play in Group A against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

But before that Cook wants England to make amends for their tame showing in New Zealand.

Cook says New Zealand has got some really good young players who a lot more will be heard about in the future.

Regardless of his team's result against New Zealand, Cook refuses to accept England will start as firm favourites when Australia arrive for the Ashes after being hammered 4-0 in India recently.