England must show resolve - Cook

December 09, 2013
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England skipper Alastair Cook has called on his team to stand up and be counted in the remainder of the Ashes series after losing the second Test by 281 runs in Adelaide.

The tourists find themselves on the verge of relinquishing the urn they have held since 2009 after being crushed by the Baggy Greens for the second Test running, Cook's men having lost the series opener in Brisbane by 381 runs.

England went into the final day needing to stand firm and bat out Monday to save the Test but instead collapsed within the first hour as they were dismissed for 312.

An unnecessary attacking shot in the first over of the day saw Stuart Broad fall to Peter Siddle as he found himself caught at deep square leg.

Graeme Swann followed when he edged Ryan Harris to second slip, while Matt Prior showed some of the fight that was needed on the last day before departing for 69.

Monty Panesar was the last man to go for a duck, leaving England needing to win at least two of the last three Test matches to retain the Ashes.

Australia are now 1/16 to win back the Ashes after losing the last three series, while England are 25/1 and the draw is 11/1.

England now head to Perth needing a win to keep the series alive but history suggests victory could well be beyond them with Australia having won the last six Tests against their great rivals at the Waca.

Despite being on the verge of losing the Ashes Cook insists his team are not down and out, claiming they'll show their fight in Perth.

"We've had a big hit and if we believe that the Ashes are gone, they might as well be gone," he told Sky Sports.

"We've had two tough games and we haven't played well. That's the simple deal.

"We have to dust ourselves off and do what we can do, which is work extremely hard on our games and come out to Perth on Friday with that belief that we can do something. We need to put some pressure back on Australia.

"We have to look hard into ourselves, deep into the inner soul and drag the performance out of ourselves. A 2-0 lead is not insurmountable. I remember turning up in Manchester (in the summer), and the pressure can change because you're so close.

"It's a bit like football - if we get the next goal, it's vital."

Cook went on to say that he was concerned at the manner of some of the England batman's dismissals, admitting decision making must improve when out in the middle.


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