Alastair Cook looks set for some more hard work after England crashed to a 281-run defeat and handed Australia a 5-0 series win in 2013-14 The Ashes .
With a world class team losing by such huge margins, what the English captain has to think about was why they lost despite having such a strong line-up. Was it overconfidence? Lack of preparation? Carelessness?
Whatever the reason is, the England skipper has a lot to work harder on and come back firing when the next test series for England starts against Sri Lanka at home in June.
As the ECB Chief has also confirmed that Cook will stay as captain and Flower as the team director which is a really good decision in my view, the two can just sit together and work on the plans that England have execute to be back with a bang.
We all do know that Cook has featured in the second Ashes whitewash of his career with Pietersen, Bell, Anderson, Panesar and Tremlett being the others on this list. The English captain tried to reflect back on how England came back after the humiliation they received in 2006-07.
“It is the second five-nil I have been part of. They were both hard to take but what I do know is that it makes your really kick your game forward because of the hurt and determination to improve," he told the official ECB website.
“That is how we have to look at it as an England side. We are at rock bottom and the only way is up.”
“We have got six months until our next Test match and a lot of work will go into those months. We have all got to look at our games.”
As a cricketer, it really is trying to face such huge defeats in the manner Cook admitted.
“It is the toughest moment of my cricket career and tough knowing you’ve played in five games and been beaten badly in five games,” he said. “As a sportsman that’s the hardest thing to take.
“We left everything out there but we weren’t good enough. We weren’t good enough to turn it around.
“We tried to change the way we played but you’ve got to give credit to Michael [Clarke] and his team; anything we could throw at them they responded incredibly well and they thoroughly deserve their 5-0 win.”
“At certain times you’ve got to take the game more by the scruff of the neck," he said when asked what he had learned from his experience Down Under.
“They were 130 for five a number of times and we couldn’t get Brad Haddin out. You’ve got to give him a lot of credit.
“And probably at certain times [you have to] be stronger in certain decisions on the field.”
However, Cook took the 5-0 defeat as more of a positive and told about how it’ll help the team to take a look at where they stand and hopefully come up as a puissant team,
“One thing we can say we’ve done well is stuck together,” he added.
“At times like this factions can corner off in the dressing room and there can be a lot of backstabbing but I can safely say that hasn’t happened.
“But the bottom line is out in the middle is where it counts. If you look back at 2006/7, it made me take a good look at my game, it made us have a real look at ourselves as an England team and a lot of good came from it.
“I have a feeling this will be good for us in the long term. A lot of those young players... Stokesy (Ben Stokes) has done a fantastic job for us and he’s a real shining light in being able to balance that side.
"He knows how much hard work [is needed] and how hard Test cricket can be after playing in this.
“Rooty, we know he’s going to be a very good player. He’s going to have to look at his technique, so that will only bode well in the future.
“Gary Ballance as well I thought looked very composed at the crease. But when this happens you look at yourself, you look at your technique. Where can you improve? It happened last time and I think it will happen again this time.”
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