Ashes 2013-14: England won’t be intimidated, insists Alastair Cook

Ashes 2013-14: England captain Alastair Cook insists the tourists will show no fear ahead of the first Test at the Gabba on Thursday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Alastair Cook says England are relishing the chance to end Australia’s impressive Gabba record ahead of the first Test which starts on Thursday.

Cook’s men are looking to become the first English side to win at the Brisbane ground since 1986, whilst Australia haven’t lost at the Gabba in 25 years.

However, the England skipper feels his side have plenty of experience of winning on Australian soil and are keen to set the tone for the series in the opening Test.

“There’s no reason to feel intimidated,” said Cook.

“A lot of players in the squad we have this year were here in 2010-11 so we’ve all got experience of winning in Australia and we’re trying to use that to the best of our ability.

“We know how important this game was last time for setting up the series.

“Australia have a very good record in Brisbane, it’s our job to try and change that.”

Cook refused to confirm whether wicket-keeper Matt Prior had recovered from a leg injury in time to take part in the first Test.

“He has the last part of his fitness test to go, came through all we asked of him yesterday and trained really well.

“With these leg injuries, it’s normally how they pull up the next day.”

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