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“It’s hurting so much and it’s such a disappointment”
England captain Alastair Cook, whose side is on the verge of losing the Ashes after five years, has admitted that “when things don’t go well as a captain, it’s a tough, tough place to be”.
Cook’s comments come ahead of the third Test in Perth, which will also be his 100th Test match for England.
“I don’t pace the corridor,” Cook said. “It’s quite nice lying in your pit, thinking ‘I don’t have to get up’.
“They are the moments when you aren’t thinking ‘it’s just a game’. It’s hurting so much and it’s such a disappointment to you.”
Cook is also wary about the fact that the last Ashes team to bounce back from being 2-0 down was Australia nearly 80 years ago.
“It’s of little relevance now, because it’s about trying to turn this around,” Cook said. “It’s a nice little milestone to have personally, but the big picture is about trying to get a better performance out of ourselves.”
However, Cook stated that Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen’s 111-run partnership in the second innings of the second Test in Adelaide was exactly the kind of spark England so sorely needed.
“That is a challenge for us,” he added. “That little glimpse of the way Rootie and Kev played in that partnership shows what we can do. I think he only got one for 80 in that last innings.”
Cook once again reiterated that he was determined to not go down without a fight.
“It has been a challenging few weeks and it’s kind of do or die in this series,” he said. “(But) I feel all right. When things don’t go well as a captain, it’s a tough, tough place to be.
“But I am still looking forward to the fight and still wanting to get out there – which I think is a good sign.
“(I am still) desperate to try to use all my experience and knowledge as a young leader to try to turn this around.”
Cook also admitted that England’s shot selection throughout the series has been poor at best.
“Shot selection has let us down at times in this series,” he added. “We have fallen into traps we shouldn’t have fallen into. You wish sometimes when you are walking off that you had your shot again.”