We’ve got to ‘deliver something very special’ in Perth, says Alastair Cook

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England have not beaten Australia in Perth since 1978

England captain Alastair Cook has announced that his side have to “deliver something very special” during the third Test in Perth if they are to have any chance of salvaging the series and retaining the Ashes.

However, that is going to be easier said than done as England have not beaten Australia in Perth since 1978.

“What’s gone on in the past is of no relevance whatsoever,” Cook said. “We have to go there as this side in 2013 and deliver something very special or we’re not going to do what we’ve come to do.”

Cook also noted that England need to come up with a plan to combat Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson’s lethal pace.

He added that his batsmen also have to learn from their mistakes and stop getting out in the same way.

“We haven’t batted very well and when you do that people start looking at shot selection and execution of shots,” he said. “We’ve probably gone away from what we’ve done. (But) the lower order aren’t there to score the big runs. It’s the top seven who score runs.

“(Johnson) has bowled quickly and he’s bowled well. But we’ve got to turn it round quickly.

“I think anyone lower down the order, obviously it’s tough for them against a guy who’s bowling so quick and they’re working very hard in the nets and that’s all we can do.

“We need to work on our games, we need to work on the technique needed to survive against quick bowling.”

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