London - England captain Alastair Cook said
he was looking forward to the challenge of facing Pakistan following his side's
commanding Test series win over Sri Lanka.
Rain meant only 12.2 overs were possible at
Lord's on Monday as the third Test ended in a draw.
But although denied a whitewash, England
had already done enough to secure a 2-0 series win after dominant victories by
an innings and 88 runs and nine wickets over the Lankans at Leeds and
England now hold Test series trophies
against every other major international side except Pakistan, who beat Cook's
men 2-1 in a three-match series in the United Arab Emirates in November last
However, they will have a chance to put
that right when they face Pakistan in a four-Test series starting at Lord's on
"They've got a very good (pace)
attack, backed up with spinners," Cook said of Pakistan.
"We're ready for them. We scored a lot
of runs against Australia's attack here last year - I think it's going to be a
While Test specialist Cook prepares for
Pakistan, wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow will be looking to take his red-ball
form into the intervening five one-day internationals against Sri Lanka.
Bairstow's recall into England's one-day
squad was announced just as he was being confirmed as both man-of-the-match at
Lord's and the hosts' overall man of the Test series too.
His 167 not out in the first innings at
Lord's was his Test-best score and came amidst a series scoring-spree that saw
Bairstow total 387 runs at an average of 129, with the Yorkshireman also
holding 19 catches behind the stumps.
Together with James Anderson, who took 21
wickets at a stunningly low average of 10.80, Bairstow was the central figure
of the series.
Bairstow repeatedly helped England recover
from top-order collapses against Sri Lanka and Cook likened his contribution to
that of retired former England wicket-keeper Matt Prior.
"He's very similar to Matt Prior...
when he was at his best, we could often be 100 for five and he'd change the
momentum," explained Cook.
Prior's wicket-keeping came under intense
scrutiny early in his career, especially as England - be it Alan Knott, Bob
Taylor or Jack Russell - have long prided themselves on their glove men.
Bairstow, himself the son of the late
former Yorkshire and England wicket-keeper David Bairstow, also found his work
in the field being called into question after he floored a couple of seemingly
straightforward chances against Sri Lanka.
"Jonny is enjoying both roles,"
"He knows how hard he has to work at
his keeping - that is a conversation we do have," added the captain, who
has been able to observe Bairstow's work closely from his position at first
Bairstow, meanwhile, was pleased at
maintaining the form he showed in South Africa, where his 150 not out in Cape
Town in January gave him a maiden Test century.
"Off the back of South Africa, it was
important to start the summer well," he said.
"I hope this is just the start of
something that will be special for a while."
For Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, the
hope is his side, having had time to adjust to English conditions, will raise
their game in the white-ball formats.
However, the all-rounder accepted England
were a much improved one-day team from the side that Sri Lanka thrashed by nine
wickets at last year's World Cup in Wellington.
"They play positive cricket and you
have got to be on your toes and really good to beat England in the ODI series
that's coming up," Mathews said.