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England v West Indies Sunday, 2 July, 2000, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
One-day diversion dismays Stewart
England v West Indies, 2nd Test
Dominic Cork hits the winning boundary
Alec Stewart fears the upcoming triangular one-day tournament could cost England vital momentum in the Test series against the West Indies.

England pulled off a magnificent two-wicket victory at Lord's, but the two sides must now turn their attention to the limited overs NatWest Series, which also involves Zimbabwe.

Stewart, who is acting captain in the absence of injured Nasser Hussain, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "In a way, it's a little disappointing that we have the one-day series starting as of Saturday, so we have a three week period away from Test cricket.

"Any momentum we may have gained from this win will really have been diluted by the time we meet up at Old Trafford at the end of the month."

He added: "I just go back to a couple of years ago when we got a magnificent draw at Old Trafford against South Africa when we were odds on to lose that.

"We then went on to win the last two Test matches to win that series but all that happened in the space of three weeks. Now any momentum from Lord's will be put on the back burner. We've got to try and win the one-day series, then regroup and try and reproduce some of the form we showed in this Test match."

England v West Indies, 2nd Test
The champagne flows on England's balcony
Dominic Cork's Man of the Match performance on his return to Test cricket was a tremendous boost for England, but the selectors still face some difficult decisions about the batting line-up before the third Test.

They will focus on whether Mark Ramprakash should continue as Mike Atherton's opening partner. If not, they could promote either Michael Vaughan or Nick Knight. up the order.

There are also question marks about Graeme Hick, and the NatWest Series provides Graham Thorpe with a platform to prove he is ready to resume his Test career.

Stewart, meanwhile, expects the West Indies to put the defeat behind them and give England plenty of problems at Old Trafford.

"Their two opening bowlers are bowling as well as I've ever seen them. It makes it very, very difficult for the top order batsmen to play against them. Add to that the likes of Brian Lara and they're a very good team," he said.

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