Tuesday 5 November 2013 

Video - England Spots Up For Grabs - Cook

Watch as England captain Alastair Cook says his side are going to be heading into their final two Ashes warm-up matches with places in their Test side still up for grabs.

Unlike in 2010/11 when England arrived with a settled side, this time around there are question marks around key spots in the batting order, particularly at number six.

Furthermore, Michael Carberry's strong showing in the opening match has added his name into the mix as a potential starter in Brisbane.

Now as the side arrive in Hobart to play a strong Australia 'A' side, led by Moises Henrques, Cook says he is going into the game with an open mind.

"We are open to all possibilities. We haven't decided on our batting line up," he confirmed.

"It's very different to say 2010-11 where we came here and it was very clear to see what our full strength side was, what our first choice side was and in that tour we played the first test matches, the first two warm up games as that Test match eleven. In this Test match it's different.

"Circumstances have changed that we are unsure of pretty much two places and it's exciting because everyone in that squad knows that and the competition is there."

If the composition of the batting line-up is likely to cause Cook and head coach Andy Flower some consternation ahead of the series beginning, at least they can take solace in the fact that they have a set of bowlers who are experienced in Australian conditions.

"The bowlers are a lot more experience in these conditions than they were last year, the last time we were here," Cook said.

"So someone like Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann they know their games extremely well, they know the conditions they are about to bowl in so it's almost a matter of tailoring to their needs, making sure they get what they want like Stuart Broad said he would rather play these next two games rather than the first game.

"He feels that's the better way of building up so you know we probably we won't play our best eleven until that first test match just because the game, we are in a different situation with experience."

Video courtesy of SNTV and will be available until 7th November, at which point the video above will display the latest live content.

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