After England lost the second Test at Adelaide Oval by 218 runs, Alastair Cook, the English captain still believes that England can win The Ashes and abjured any talk that England can’t win the series now.

In an interview for ecb.co.uk, he said: “If we don’t believe, no one else is going to believe.

“Yes we’ve taken a big hit and it’s going to hurt but we have to get into those nets, work as hard as we can on our games and come out in a couple of days’ time in Perth.”

Talking about how hard they would have to work to win at The WACA, where batting is really hard, he Cook added: “The next game is always the biggest challenge. We know we’ve had two big hits here. We can’t hide away from that. But things can change very quickly, but it’s down to us to change them.

“We know that WACA is very different to conditions here and one of the things we’ve got to make sure we work on is our shot selection, making sure we get them right and execute them well. It’s all well and good making the right shots. We’ve got to execute the shots well.

“We’re going to look at ourselves. That’s the only thing we can do. We’ve got to work as hard as we can. I’ve got to score some more runs. That’s part of the responsibility of the batters; we all have to. And it’s going to be another challenge but the guys are ready for that.”

After two massive defeats, any team’s dressing room atmosphere can get affected and Cook wasn’t hesitant in accepting that the atmosphere in the English dressing room isn’t very good.

“Obviously it’s tough times at the moment. When you lose the first two games of a series, it is a tough place in the dressing room,” he said.

“But this is why sport is a challenge. It can throw up some challenges. We’ve had some really good times as a side and now we’re having a bit of a tough time.

“As I said over there, the only guys who can change it are the guys sitting in our dressing room. And that’s what we’ve got to do and we’ve got to work as hard as we can on our games over the next couple of days, dust ourselves off and come back firing in Perth.”

England of course found out some positives from Adelaide where Joe Root and Matt Prior batted wonderfully.

“Rooty, he’s obviously been up and down the order, had a few different changes, but the way he’s handled himself in that situation I think has been fantastic,” Cook added.

“He’ll bat anywhere for us and adapts his game. And I thought the temperament he showed, the technique he showed in the second innings shows what a good player he is.

“And obviously Matty hasn’t had a great run with the bat and, just that little bit of time in the middle, we know he’s a class player.

“Little things like that we can draw on, but it is (a case of) dusting ourselves off and looking within ourselves to come and produce a better performance.”

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