Cook: Ashes are a fresh start for England

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England captain Alastair Cook has dubbed the upcoming Ashes series against Australia as a fresh start for his side and believes they have a fighting chance in the series.

The Aussies are the overwhelming favourites to lift the urn but they have not won a series in England since 2001 and will be looking to overcme there own demons.

Cook said on the eve of the first Test in Cardiff which starts on Wednesday: "It is a brand new challenge, fresh start. Both teams have new faces.

"Cricket is not played on paper, or what happened two years ago, it's about what happens tomorrow and the next 25 days from there.

"The lads are really excited about the challenge of playing the best in your home conditions which is brilliant."

Cook also insists that even though England got whiteashed five-nil in Australia not more than a year ago, will have no bearing on this series.

The hosts have a few players that will be making there Ashes debuts and they were will carry no mental scars from the last time England were Down Under.

The England Test captain said: "The most important thing is, that's gone. We cannot keep harping on about that. If you went back five more months before that, we won the Ashes 3-0 in our own conditions.

"You have to be careful as players not to read too much into that stuff."

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