England batting coach Graham Gooch has full faith in the Alastair Cook-led side, saying that the guys would not take things lightly in the final encounter and impose a 4-0 defeat on arch-rivals Australia.
The Englishmen are currently 3-0 up in the series, with the fifth and final game scheduled to be played at Old Trafford on Tuesday. After a washed out at Edgbaston last week, the home side is in no position to snatch the top ODI rank from the Kangaroos,
Gooch wants his side to take a clean-sweep victory.
"They have to be delighted with 3-0 but there’s one match to go yet and any match against Australia is a special occasion and certainly I think the players will be looking forward to that game and doing their utmost to make it 4-0," Gooch told
Sky Sports here on Monday.
"It’s always a special thing when Australia visit these shores, they are the big series, whether it’s the Ashes or one-day cricket, there’s a great rivalry between the two sides," he added.
England grabbed an easy triumph in the third game last week. Thanks to Steven Finn’s brilliant bowling, the Poms restricted the Aussies to a small total of 200. The lanky fast bowler bagged four wickets only for 37 runs.
In reply, the English side comfortably overhauled the target, courtesy of Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott’s impressive half-centuries. Enormously delighted over his team’s fantastic performance so far, Gooch lavished special praise on the English players, explaining
that the guys have been playing like true professionals.
The former batsman described, "I think England have got to be happy with the way they have played, they have been very professional, gone about their work in a very positive way and they have taken their cricket to the Australians and the team have obviously
got the results."
“I don’t think they are looking at it as a 4-0 whitewash, you just want to go out and win every match. You try and break it down into smaller components, a series, one match at a time, one innings at a time, one over at a time…and certainly the players
have got those disciplines right.”