Thursday 2 January 2014 

Video - Cook Wants To Continue As Captain

England captain Alastair Cook remains adamant that he is the right man to continue leading England despite four successive Ashes defeats in Australia.

Ahead of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney, Cook beat away questions surrounding is future in the job, saying he enjoys the challenge and that he doesn't want to overreact to what is his first series loss since succeeding Andrew Strauss.

With little but pride to play for, England go into tomorrow's (3rd January) final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground trying to avoid a second whitewash in six years.

Cook played in the 2006/7 series but leading this tour has presented him with just as many challenges as opening in that one did.

"I do want to continue (as captain), yes, I love doing the job," he said.

"I like the challenges it presents me and it's a real test of who you are as a person, whether you're up to it or not.

"We've had a hell of a lot of success as this England side and I can't remember how many series I've played as a captain, or been part of, but this is my first series loss. So it's not all doom and gloom, it's a real... you know when you lose you start stripping back everything, don't you?

"Start looking at everything which has gone wrong, every little aspect which you think you can improve and, in one way, sometimes you have to go through that to see where you are as a side, as a team, as a person individually."

Despite speculation mounting that England will hand debuts to Gary Ballance, Scott Borthwick and Boyd Rankin, Cook says that it is still possible that Monty Panesar may be fit enough to play.

"I think it's possible, yes," he said.

"We obviously need to assess Monty after training today.

"He's got a bit of a sore calf from yesterday but we can see how he pulls through training today and make a decision on him, either after training or tomorrow."

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