Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook wants England to show some fight
Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook urges England to show some fight after Australia win the second Test by 218 runs in Adelaide
Alastair Cook says that England need to show some fight if they are to have any hope of retaining the Ashes after falling to another heavy second Test defeat.
It took Australia just under an hour of the final day in Adelaide to take the four remaining wickets and wrap up victory in the second Test by an emphatic 218 runs.
We’ve had two tough games and we haven’t played well. That’s the simple deal
England wicket-keeper Matt Prior (69) was the only player who offered any real resistance as the tourists meekly surrendered to 312 all out.
Despite facing a huge task to turn around a 2-0 deficit in the series, Cook believes the tourists have to remain positive.
“We’ve had a big hit and if we believe that the Ashes are gone, they might as well be gone,” Cook 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 bloody 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.”
History isn’t on their side though, as no side has won the Ashes from 2-0 down since the Aussies did so in 1936/37.
And Australia skipper Michael Clarke was delighted with the win as his side drew ever closer to reclaiming the urn.
“It’s enjoyable, there’s no doubt about it,” said Clarke. “The thing that’s most pleasing is we’re finally getting the results.
“In England, where we didn’t get the success we wanted but the guys were still working exceptionally hard and we all believed a result wasn’t far away.”