Ten the target for England

Graham Gooch (left) warned England that Australia will be keen to perform well

Graham Gooch (left) warned England that Australia will be keen to perform well

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England can achieve a perfect 10 by beating Australia again at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Should they come out on top, and therefore complete a 4-0 NatWest Series victory, England's run of one-day international victories will stand at 10 in succession. It will be a remarkable turnaround too for a team who have gone to extremes in recent times - trounced 5-0 in India last October, but on a sequence of seven consecutive series wins at home.

Yet whatever the statistics - and England's current success, albeit interrupted by two washouts, is comparable to the very best in their 50-over history - Alastair Cook's team will simply be focusing on one more big match at a time. Batting coach Graham Gooch has made that clear in Manchester, saying: "I don't think they're looking at 10 victories in a row at all."

He added: "I just think they're looking at [Tuesday], 2pm start, another big match against Australia - the match that everyone wants to play in.

"It's the match that every crowd wants to watch, whether it's in Australia or England. It's a one-off match - England will want to win it."

Gooch warms readily to a rousing theme he memorably struck up before the start of the historic 2010/11 Ashes victory in Australia, and one which has extra resonance from the mouth of a former England captain who had his ups and downs in 42 Tests against the old enemy.

"In an international match, everyone wants to perform against Australia - and I'm sure the Australians want to perform against England.

"It's a special contest; it's got history, whether it's an ODI or not that doesn't really matter.

"You want to get one over on them, so our guys can be really proud of the way they've performed so far."


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