Alastair Cook
Cook has been the hero during the one-day international series. REUTERS

England are attempting to keep their feet on the ground, despite taking a morale boosting 2-0 lead over Pakistan in their one day international series.

The side have started to build a lead once more after losing the last Test series 3-0 to their opposition, and England batsman Ravi Bopara is pleased to be on the winning team once more.

"In any series when you go 2-0 up the mood is pretty good," the Essex right-hander told Sky Sports.

"But we are keeping our feet on the ground, especially after what happened in the Test matches.

"We know what Pakistan are capable of. They are a very unpredictable side, they can come out hard in the next couple of games so we've got to stay aware and keep doing what we've been doing.

"We haven't had a good one-day record in the subcontinent, so it would be a big thing for us to win out here."

England underwent renewed criticism after losing the first Test series, over their ability to perform in different conditions, but Bopara believes that this time around they can prove the critics wrong.

"We are not going to look too far ahead," he explained.

"We need to keep doing what we have done in the last two matches, just worry about our skills and dealing with that Pakistan bowling line-up and, when we get a chance to bowl, dealing with their batting line-up."

Meanwhile, Alistair Cook has been dubbed the hero of the series so far, scoring two successive one-day centuries.

The captain said he was delighted to achieve such a feat, which included scoring a career best of 137 in the first one-day international.

"To score two hundreds in a row doesn't happen very often in any form of cricket," he said.

"Obviously I'm delighted and, with a little bit of luck along the way, thankfully I made it count.

"But you're not quite so bothered about your own batting as captain because you're thinking about the team.

"We've been saying all along you don't become bad players overnight. It's important when you do get a little bit of a run you cash in. I'm delighted I managed to do that.

"With [Shahid] Afridi in, they were in the game because seven-an-over is nothing, but we held our nerve and stayed calm.

"It was a big difference from what we have done. Everyone contributed to a really good team performance, a really good win."