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Cook warns against complacency

Captain Alastair Cook has warned England not to be complacent about spinning their way to victory in India.

It was not long ago that England were being chastised for their performance against the turning ball, notably when Pakistan duo Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman perplexed the top order a year ago in the United Arab Emirates.

Things have picked up since then and England's landmark Test series win in India before Christmas saw a tangible turning of the tide.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra lacked penetration and were largely played with assurance by the tourists, while Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar enjoyed considerable success against batsmen feted for their ability against spin.

With Swann rested for the ongoing one-day series and Panesar not considered suitable for the format, England's reserve spinners picked up the baton in a nine-run victory in the first ODI on Friday.

James Tredwell returned career-best figures of four for 44, while Joe Root and Samit Patel offered steady support but Cook, speaking ahead of Tuesday's match in Kochi, admits he is not ready to claim dominance just yet.

"I wouldn't say that, but obviously our spinners have done well," he said.

"In the Test match series we bowled very well. Monty and Swanny proved what quality bowlers they are and in that first one-dayer we had Tredders, who has been around a while and he has been doing that for years.

"It just proves that that experience you gain in county cricket can bode well in international cricket. But we've played one game in this series.

"Let's not get too carried away. We enjoyed the other night because we won. But it's a game of fine margins. We are going to have to do the same in the remaining games."