The England captain is confident that despite a disappointing Test series draw against New Zealand his side possess the talent to win the Champions Trophy and the Ashes Test series this summer in what would be a unique double for English sport.
"We've got the tournament here (Champions Trophy) in our home conditions, which we hope to make the most of, and then in two years' time there is the World Cup (in Australia and New Zealand). We haven't won that either," said Cook. "They are two big tournaments coming up and we have certainly got the team, if we keep developing, to have a chance of winning them."
The Champions Trophy begins on June 6 and England play in Group A against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. In a hectic summer, they warm up first with a Test series against New Zealand, which begins in six weeks, and Cook is confident his side will put behind them their lacklustre showing in the reverse series.
"We knew how tough it would be," added Cook. "New Zealand have got some really good young players who we will hear a lot more about in the future. The bottom line is we did not play as well as we could have done, and if you do that in any international team you don't deserve to win."
Cook was speaking at the launch of the NatWest CricketForce initiative, which is an ECB inspired project aimed at rejuvenating cricket clubs and getting facilities up to scratch before the new season begins.
The project involves an army of volunteers and Cook joined former England captain Mike Gatting, England women's captain Charlotte Edwards and London Mayor Boris Johnson to launch the scheme in Harrow.
In an unseasonally biting wind, Cook mucked in with the painting of the Harrow club house while casting his thoughts forward to the summer when England will start as firm favourites in a home Ashes series against opponents beaten 4-0 in India recently.
Cook said: "We're the first England team to play back-to-back Ashes series so close together, so the potential and the opportunity to do something very special is there. I wouldn't read too much into what happened in India with Australia. The conditions were very different to what we are going to experience in England.
"They are going to be a very tough side to beat. They have got some world-class players. The Ashes is a unique event so hopefully it will bring the best out of both sides. The favourites stuff is all off the field. You can read all you want about that sort of stuff but it is irrelevant."
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