‘Cookie played really, really well’, says Michael Carberry

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“I’ve seen him play more fluently but, in the in the context of the game, it was just what we needed – someone to dig in and keep the Aussies at bay”

England opening batsman Michael Carberry has announced that captain Alastair Cook “played really, really well” during his brilliant knock of 72 on the second day of the third Test in Perth.

Carberry’s comments come after Cook’s 72 stabilised the innings when he and Joe Root were dismissed in quick succession.

“I thought (captain Alastair Cook) Cookie played really, really well,” Carberry said. “It’s nice to see him getting back to what we know he can do.

“He’s had a lot on his plate the last few games and he’s a really determined guy.

“He’s scrapped hard today. I’ve seen him play more fluently but, in the in the context of the game, it was just what we needed – someone to dig in and keep the Aussies at bay.”

Despite being clean bowled by Ryan Harris for 43 today, Carberry insists that he is loving every moment of his first Ashes series.

“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “I’ve never played at Perth before, so it’s all an adventure for me I guess.

“I’ve really enjoyed batting in Australia in general.

“It’s tough up front and then, once you get through that new ball period, it can be quite nice. A nice place to bat and the ball came on beautifully to the bat.”

Carberry also revealed that England had adopted a new approach towards dealing with Australia after having been thrashed in the first two Tests.

“It’s something we’ve discussed in various team talks about being decisive and making sure if you’re going for certain shots that you commit to them or similarly when you’re leaving them – which I didn’t do too well,” he said.

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