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Alastair Cook targets Ashes series victory

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England captain Alastair Cook has already set his sights on a series win over Australia, just hours after retaining the Ashes.

A rain-affected final day of the third Test forced the decisive match into a draw, much to England's jubilation, and the Aussies' demise.

Yet the visitors showed a lot of fight and resolve in the last game to come back from the disappointment of their dismal performance at Lord's. If not for the weather, they probably would have won the Test, and kept the series alive.

And Cook was glad that the heavens opened on such a pivotal day in the series to make sure that England would keep hold of the urn.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the opening batsman noted: "It's obviously a great feeling, but a slightly strange feeling today. It's been a bit of a strange day, but great for the lads to retain the Ashes after three games."

Ultimately it was his side's strong performances in the opening two Test matches that went a long way to settling the series so early into the summer.

"We played some pretty good cricket in the first two games, we've been behind the eight-ball quite a lot of this game but we've fought hard.

"Today we had a little bit of luck with the weather, and obviously it's nice to retain the Ashes," added Cook.

"I think it's been a really good series. At Lord's we played really well, Trent Bridge was a nail-biting game and we were glad to get the right side of that result."

Only two Tests remain this summer, but there will only be a few months respite before the return series gets underway down under at the end of the year. For that reason, it will be important for both sides to try and gain a bit of momentum before the Dukes ball is replaced with a Kookaburra cherry.

This is something that the Essex man also recognises, and he also declared: "We set out here to try and keep the Ashes and now we want to try and win them.

After three Test matches I would have snapped your hand off to be in this position especially with what happened in this game.

We'll obviously enjoy tonight and then we've got to come back for Durham (starting Friday) and work really hard there."

The Ashes have been retained, but if England become complacent, then they won't be holding onto the urn for too long.

 

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