Ashes 2013: England’s Cook relishing Lord’s Test despite Aussie record

Ashes 2013: Alastair Cook says England are relishing playing at Lord's despite Australia's impressive record at Home of Cricket

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Alastair Cook's men won the first Test Photo: The Sport Review

Alastair Cook says England are relishing the chance to play at Lord’s as the hosts prepare for the second Test against Australia, which starts on Thursday.

Cook’s men were narrow winners at Trent Bridge as England’s 14-run victory handed them the initiative as they look to secure a third successive Ashes series triumph.

Historically, Australia have a good record at the Home of Cricket, having lost just two of their 27 matches at Lord’s in the 20th century, but Cook isn’t fazed by the Wallabies success.

“It’s an incredible place to play cricket, and I think as an England side we’re very lucky to get to play here so often,” said Cook, who was part of the England side which secured a 115-run victory over Australia at Lord’s in 2009.

“Over the last few years, our record at Lord’s has improved a hell of a lot.

“I do remember in 2009 speaking about it – the fact we hadn’t won against Australia here for a long period of time, and it’d be great to change that.

“I’m not concerned at all. The batters have all scored runs here and bowlers taken wickets.”

Cook also rubbished any concerns over potential fatigue after England sealed their first-Test victory on Sunday.

“We’re pretty used to that most of our Test series have back-to-back games and in New Zealand it was three Tests back-to-back,” Cook added.

“It was draining but as I said at the end of the game, it was crucial for us to get our recovery processes right as a side. It’s similar for both sides.

“Last week is gone now, bodies will be tired but you can always go again. It’s fantastic to be in an Ashes Test at Lord’s, there’s no need for any extra motivation.”

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