Cook: We proved a point

Cook: We proved a point

Alastair Cook hailed the performance of Chris Jordan, pictured

Alastair Cook, pictured, praised Chris Jordan for his performance in England's win

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England continue to go to extremes, but captain Alastair Cook was hardly complaining after they bowled Sri Lanka out in Manchester for the second-lowest total ever made against them.

Only Canada have previously been bowled out for fewer by England in a one-day international than Sri Lanka's 67 all out - coincidentally on this very same ground in the 1979 World Cup.

Cook's return coincided with - inspired, perhaps - a dramatic improvement from a team hustled out themselves for only 99 by the tourists when the Sri Lankans levelled the Royal London series in Durham three days ago.

Here, with Cook fit again after a groin strain, Chris Jordan's career-best five for 29 followed two wickets with the new ball for James Anderson as Sri Lanka - by the admission of their own captain Angelo Mathews - simply failed to cope in the cloudy conditions.

For Cook, the reversal of fortune in this 10-wicket victory and consequent 2-1 series lead was vindication of his and coach Peter Moores' reaction to the adversity of Chester-le-Street.

Cook is confident Jordan has what it takes, having become the first England bowler to register a five-wicket ODI haul at this venue.

"You see how much it means to him every time he gets a wicket and every time he bowls a bad ball, how much it hurts him," he said. " It's a great attribute to have."

Jordan, described by bowling coach David Saker as an "ultimate prefessional" and "fantastic find", wore a trademark broad smile as he reflected on his own performance - and England's.

"After Durham, we had a really good chat as a team," he said. "We were hurting - not just because we got beat but the manner in which we were beaten.

"Obviously for a team in transition, those days will happen. But we really wanted to put it right today, and we did so."

His quick and accurate bowling was a big help.

"I try to leave as much as I can on the field, if not everything," Jordan added. "I've always been quite an aggressive performer."

Sri Lanka appeared to try to unsettle him in the north-east with some verbal interaction - but it did had no effect.

"That kind of stuff doesn't faze me," the all-rounder said. "If anything, it gets me going a little bit more.

"When you cross that line you are playing international cricket, so you try to play as hard as possible.

"That's what they did in bouncing back from their defeat at The Oval. We were able to counter that today, and I hope it can continue."

Mathews was left to come to terms with events, just as England had to in Durham.

"We are in the same situation," he said.

"It's one of the worst games I've ever played, ever been a part of.

"Poor shot selection was the main reason we got so few runs. But it was never a 67 wicket - there were no demons on it.

"It swung a little bit in the first seven to 10 overs, but after that it wasn't doing much."

Sri Lanka only very briefly threatened a worthwhile recovery, after being put in under heavy cloud cover.

"I'm disappointed with the whole batting line-up - including myself," Mathews added.

"There was no intention to hang in there and tough it out.

"It's difficult to explain why we were all out for 67.

"We know what to expect from England. We knew they were going to come back hard at us. They did, and we just couldn't cope with it."

:: England have confirmed an unchanged 14-man squad for the final two ODIs, at Lord's and Edgbaston.

Test wicketkeeper Matt Prior, still recovering from an Achilles injury, will not play for Sussex on the last day of their rain-wrecked county championship match against Middlesex at Northwood.

He will instead have wicketkeeping drills with England specialist Bruce French, and then take part in Sussex's NatWest T20 Blast fixture away to Glamorgan on Friday.

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