Captain Cook does some England soul-searching

Published: 10/12/2013

Alastair Cook’s soul-searching after England’s 218-run defeat in Adelaide included a personal check to clarify his players still all have the appetite for this winter’s Ashes test.

Reassuring responses all round convinced him that, even from 2-0 down with three to play after shocks to the system in Adelaide and in the first Test in Brisbane, England move on to Perth still capable of fighting back.

It is a long shot, of course, to pull off a feat last and only once achieved 77 years ago – and then by Australia, not England – to triumph in an Ashes series after losing the first two matches.

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