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England opener Alastair Cook has vowed to make up for his disappointing performances during his side’s Ashes series against Australia and their tour of New Zealand.
While Cook did make a magnificent 244 not out against Australia during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and average 47 in the series, it all went in vain as England lost the series 4-0.
As for the two-Test tour of New Zealand, Cook struggled a lot more as he only accumulated 23 runs at an average of 5.75.
“As always in sport, you have points to prove and I would like to score runs at the top of the order to prove to people I’ve still got it,” he told Sky Sports. “The hunger and desire is still there but no one has a God-given right to play for England – you have to score the runs to justify your place.
“I didn’t score enough runs [this winter]. I had quite a good game at Melbourne but apart from that it was pretty poor.
“If you play for a long time – unless you’re Don Bradman, which I’m certainly not – you have periods where run-making is harder than in other periods.”
During the series against New Zealand, Cook was dismissed by left-arm seamer Trent Boult four times within the first nine overs.
“It was one of those winters where it didn’t quite click, which can happen against the best bowlers in the world,” he said. “You can make a couple of mistakes and suddenly the series can pass you by before you get into it. You kind of feel you haven’t done anything and it is incredibly frustrating.”