Alastair Cook vows to end England's run of defeats in one-day international finals
Alastair Cook vowed to lead England to their maiden one-day title after reaching the Champions Trophy final.
Last Updated: 20/06/13 8:43am
The host nation thrashed South Africa by seven wickets in a one-sided semi-final at the Oval in which the Proteas did well to make 175 after slumping to 80-8.
Superb spells from James Anderson and James Tredwell bowled England into a dominant position, and Jonathan Trott's unbeaten 82 saw England home in just the 38th over.
England have been runner-up in the World Cup three times and also at 2004 Champions Trophy, but Cook is confident his side can win their first 50-over trophy in Sunday's final against either India or Sri Lanka.
"We can win it, without a doubt," Cook said. "You need people to stand up and deliver to win ODIs. and it has happened for us in the last two games we have played.
"As kids you always grow up wanting to play in finals and they can bring out the best in people.
"This England side in particular has delivered when the chips have been down and the pressure has been at its highest so I have no doubt that the guys in our dressing room will turn up on Sunday and I am fully confident that they can do it. Hopefully it's now our turn.
"It would be a great achievement to win it," the opener added. "It's hard to compare it with the Ashes, but at the start of the summer we set out some clear goals and one of them was to win the Champions Trophy.
"We got to the final in 2004 and we couldn't quite get over the line. Hopefully this time we can go one better."
England have selection dilemmas following Tredwell's man-of-the-match performance in place of Graeme Swann, who sat out with a calf strain, while Steven Finn also bowled well in Tim Bresnan's absence after the Yorkshire seamer attended the birth of his son Max.
The England captain added: "I'm sure there will be some meetings and very tough decisions made over the next few days (about team selection).
"We won't risk it if Swann is touch and go and Finn gives us another selection headache, which is nice to have."