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Alastair Cook warns England must smarten up as third Ashes Test looms

• Cook will become first Englishman to reach 150 Test caps at Waca
• ‘The world obviously changed’ after Stokes incident, admits Cook

Alastair Cook warns England must wise up to a changed world if they are to regain the respect of a nation. Cook will become the first Englishman to reach 150 Test caps when he tries to help Joe Root’s troubled Ashes tourists turn their series around in Perth this week.

But it is a stream of off-the-field incidents which has placed England’s reputation most in jeopardy. As their 32-year-old national-record runscorer seeks to arrest his worrying dip in form, he concedes the bar room backdrop to England’s two defeats so far owes its genesis to Ben Stokes’ arrest outside a Bristol nightclub back in September. Cook knows that incident, awaiting resolution with Stokes still absent while the CPS decide whether to charge him, has drastically altered public perception.

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