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Cook: No Farbrace fall-out

Alastair Cook believes there will be no animosity between England and Sri Lanka this summer following Paul Farbrace's defection.

Farbrace resigned after just four months as Sri Lanka head coach earlier this week, and he has now been appointed as assistant coach to new England boss Peter Moores.

The former Kent coach guided Sri Lanka to the World Twenty20 crown, but he was heavily criticised by Sri Lanka Cricket officials after deciding to join England's new management set-up.

But England captain Cook said there will be no ill feeling when the two countries meet in six one-day internationals in May and three Test matches in June.

"That won't have an impact, no," said Cook after making his second County Championship century of the season for Essex in their draw at Surrey.

Looking forward

Cook is now looking forward to the dawn of England's new era under Moores and Farbrace after a turbulent winter that started with the Ashes drubbing in Australia.

"Relief's probably not the right word; I'm happy it's all sorted if that makes sense," added Cook. "You're glad you can start making plans, start making those first steps into the side and the culture you want to create.

"Of course as a side to become successful just because you change a few personnel, it takes a lot of hard work, time and effort to do that.

"But looking at the county scores the last couple of weeks, people are sticking their hands up, scoring big hundreds and taking wickets and that's exciting.

"The exciting bit of that is realising places are up for grabs and trying to grab them.

"I was coached by Farby when I was 15 and then again when I was 17, so in the county game he's been at Yorkshire and Kent.

"I've been involved with him a little bit there, I haven't seen him for a couple of years, but he's someone who has got a great record, and it's a good combination to have between those two.

"I can't remember our exact first meeting, but a fair few things have changed, in a good way, obviously.

"Graham Ford was here and on the first day I was quizzing him about Farby, and everyone I've spoken to him about speaks highly of him.

"And he's a good addition because he hasn't really been involved in an England set-up before and he'll have some new ideas.

"And he's experienced a great deal, especially recently coaching Sri Lanka."

Split coaching

The ECB have opted for a two-man coaching duo to oversee all formats of the game as they bid to bounce back from their Ashes disappointment which led to Andy Flower's ignominious exit followed by the controversial axeing of Kevin Pietersen.

"Obviously the split coaching was tough, people found it quite hard, but now with a change of regime, new energies coming in, and of course their relationship, they will have to work at that," he said.

"But they are good people, and good eggs, and I'm sure they'll be fine.

"It has been an interesting winter, a lot of things have happened and a lot's changed over the last couple of weeks.

"I'm certainly looking forward to meeting Farby again, and seeing how things go from there.

"I think the captain has a very big involvement, as we all know the captain-coach relationship is very important in cricket.

"I need to sit down with Mooresy and Farby and get our heads together on exactly what we want to achieve, and how we're going to go about it."