Thursday 12 December 2013 

Video - Captains Look Ahead To Perth Test

Ahead of the third Ashes Test in Perth, opposing captains Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook preview the match, which will be the 100th Test for both players.

Clarke is the happier of the two men, however, taking a 2-0 series lead into the WACA contest while Cook's grip on The Ashes is weakening significantly.

Clarke says he wants Australia to start the third Test well and lay down a marker - if they haven't already laid down enough following big wins in Brisbane and Adelaide.

"I think tomorrow is crucial for us as a team to make sure we start well, that's with the bat or with the ball.

"Again, I've been really happy with the guys training. I think that's been one of the most pleasing features of this team over the past, probably, 12 months is that the way we've been preparing has held us in good stead on the field.

"And this summer has been exceptional, the way the guys have trained so I'm happy with yesterday and today.

"The guys seem very ready and up for another tough Test match."

Cook, meanwhile, who has struggled for form along with several of his team-mates, says that England are focussed on looking ahead, instead of spending time worrying about what went wrong in the first two matches.

"As a squad we've made a real conscious effort to, we have to look forward into this game rather than look back on what has happened.

"That's not going to do us any good so the way the lads trained yesterday, the way we have gone about our business, trying to do things the right way."

He added that it is time for the talking to stop and for England's performances on the field to do the talking.

"We think we've got our preparations right and it's about making sure that when we go out there tomorrow, we've talked a good game, it's about making sure that we play a good game."

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