23 Jun 2013

England can beat India says captain Cook

10:00 am on 23 June 2013

England captain Alastair Cook insists his cricketers are ready to make history by beating world champions India in Sunday's Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston.

England have never won a major one-day international title, losing the 1979, 1987 and 1992 World Cup finals, as well as going down at home to the West Indies in the 2004 Champions Trophy final at The Oval.

India have so far won all their matches this tournament, whereas England suffered a group stage loss to Sri Lanka.

However, when England and India last met in English conditions in 2011 it was England who prevailed, winning a Test series 4-0 and the one-dayers 3-0.

In-form opener Shikhar Dhawan, the tournament's leading scorer with 332 runs including two hundreds at an average of more than 110, has been the cornerstone of a powerful India top order.

But an England attack led by swing specialist James Anderson has proved highly effective.