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Cook vows to carry on as captain

January 05, 2014 10:03:32 UK

Alastair Cook insists he wants to carry on as England captain even after the disastrous Ashes series ended with yet another crushing victory for Australia.

The tourists slumped to a disastrous 5-0 series whitewash after being beaten by 281 runs in the fifth Test in Sydney, and Cook admitted it had been a humbling experience, particularly as it came so soon after England’s 3-0 victory on home soil last summer.

England’s batsmen once again capitulated, being dismissed for only 166, as the tourists lost 5-0 in Australia for the second time in three series, following the whitewash in 2006-07.

I have a feeling this will be good for us in the long term.

Alastair Cook

“When you hit rock bottom the only way is up,” said Cook. “We have to look at ourselves, look at where we want to go. We have a huge amount of talent in England. We haven’t shown it in these five games. There’s a lot of courage in the dressing room which will need to come out now.

“We left everything out there but we weren’t good enough. We weren’t good enough to turn it round.

“If I was a football manager I’d be scared of the old vote of confidence from the board. But I want to be the man to try to turn this round. Whether I’m given the opportunity is not my decision, but I want to try.

“I have a feeling this will be good for us in the long term. A lot of those young players… Stokesy’s done a fantastic job for us and he’s a real shining light in being able to balance that side.

“Rooty, we know he’s going to be a very good player. He’s going to have to look at his technique, so that will only bode well in the future. Gary Ballance as well I thought looked very composed at the crease.

“But when this happens you look at yourself, you look at your technique. Where can you improve? It happened last time and I think it will happen again this time.”

England are available at 7.00 to win the 2015 World Cup and 8.00 to triumph at the T20 World Cup later this year.

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