Cricket / Ashes

England Skip Takes Solace 
in Rival’s Experience

Alastair Cook will lead his side out today desperate to win the fifth test, avoid the dreaded series sweep and salvage a little pride.

England skipper Alastair Cook admits to feeling less than 100 percent as he contemplates a possible 5-0 Ashes drubbing but he could look to the experience of his opposite number for an object lesson in how quickly fortunes can turn around.

Michael Clarke has certainly plumbed greater depths in the three years since he first took charge of Australia in a test in the final encounter of the 2010-11 series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

It has been England’s turn to be battered physically and mentally in this series, though, and Cook will lead his side out today desperate to win the fifth test, avoid the dreaded series sweep and salvage a little pride.

“When you lose games of cricket, and you lose the way we have, it’s a tough place to be as a captain, certainly when you come on a big tour,” Cook told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday.

AP