Well, England have nothing but pride to play for now. England’s camaraderie with The Ashes has ended after five long years and it won’t be seen at least until 2015.

Of course, what the English captain would like now is a 3-2 loss rather than 5-0 and the journey to their new aim starts on one of the greatest occasions, “The Boxing Day” i.e. December 26.

Going into the Boxing Day test, Cook certainly has many positives, first up, it's Stokes who got a “Belter” of a hundred and jeez did he play well. Bell’s form too is the thing that Cook has got as a positive and KP, Carberry, they all looked in touch.

Certainly, if you have that many positives, you have got to convert those into a win. And is England win the last two tests, ODIs could well be the one dominated by England.

“The simple way is the approach doesn’t change in the fact that you go into every game trying to win the game, simple as that,” said Cook on the official ECB website.

“Obviously we’re very proud to be wearing the Three Lions and you’ve got to use that. Obviously Boxing Day is a great occasion. We’ve got to make sure we get our minds right.

“It’s going to hurt for a while yet; we know that. But when we come out on the 26th we’ve got to make sure we do what we haven’t done in this series, which is make sure our skills out in the middle are as good as they can be.

“It’s been a surprise that we haven’t found that form and I think it is just a lot of players out of form, and when you do that the team doesn’t play well” he added.

Stokes’ innings of course was not the one that the Aussies would forget, nor will his English mates. And, of course, it was worth a lot of praise.

“I think that was one of the best hundreds I’ve seen, in the circumstances, the way he went about it,” Cook added.

“It was a pretty good wicket if it didn’t hit a crack, but it’s pretty unnerving as a batter when you see the cracks there. The way he put that out of the mind, the shots that he played, the strokes he played at the right times, it was an outstanding hundred ... it does bode well for the future.”

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