Friday 25 October 2013 

Video - Cook Previews 2013/14 Ashes

Prior to his team's departure for Australia, England captain Alastair Cook spoke to the media where he looked ahead to the 2013/14 Ashes.

He leads his team Down Under having been involved in three consecutive Ashes series wins, captaining the side to a 3-0 triumph earlier this year.

Just as they did three winters ago in 2010/11, they will play against local teams and an Australia 'A' team in a bid to ensure they are fully prepared for the series, which gets underway in Brisbane on 21st November.

He knows that despite the 3-0 win on home soil, his side face a tough challenge in Australia and he knows there is no way his team will be complacent.

"I think 3-0 is a pretty good result, and would love to do that again," he said. "Clearly, top order runs out in Australia are vitally important, we saw last time when we went there that big runs make a massive difference.

"I don't think it makes that much difference who are favourites, the last summer was the first time we went into an Ashes series as favourites. I thought we coped with that pretty well and the outcome certainly suggested that we did."

Cook was then asked whether complacency is an issue for this set of players.

"No, I don't think it is," he said. "When you talk about what it means to play, you can ask any of those guys what it means to be getting on that plane to play for England in Australia.

"As a side we have a chance to win four Ashes series in a row, the first time since 1890 that that's been done, so that to me, speaking to the lads this last weekend, everyone is excited about it.

That is what we have an opportunity to do and we're desperate to take it. So complacency won't be a factor."

Video courtesy of SNTV. This video will remain available until 6th November 2013, on which date the player above will display the latest live cricket video content available.

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