Cook will today step out in Aberdeen for a one-day match with the Scots for the first time, alongside new coach Peter Moores.
Weather permitting, anything but a clear-cut victory will give the sceptics incentive to criticise a new regime faced with a littany of issues to address following England's Ashes drubbing and a hapless defeat to the Netherlands in the ICC World Twenty20.
Moores was involved in neither campaign - having succeeded Andy Flower as head coach role and also Ashley Giles as the man in charge of England's limited-overs teams - and Cook too was absent from the Dutch debacle in Chittagong.
"It feels like a fresh start, which happens when you have a new coach and some new players," said the captain. "It has does have that vibe and it's a good place to be. We haven't been tested under pressure yet, but over the next 24 hours we will be."