Cook: This hurts like hell

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England captain Alastair Cook was stoney-faced yet visibly emotional in Perth on Tuesday as his side lost the third Ashes Test by 150 runs, and in so doing lost the urn too.

England captain Alastair Cook was stoney-faced yet visibly emotional in Perth on Tuesday as his side lost the third Ashes Test by 150 runs, and in so doing lost the urn too.

Australia wrapped up the match at the WACA in the afternoon session to take a three-nil series lead and regain the Ashes for the first time in seven years. England all rounder Ben Stokes' maiden ton went in vain.

The skipper said the defeat 'hurt like hell' but that he didn't think his players had been under-prepared, despite Stokes' ton being the first of the series for the team, compared to Australia's seven.

A devastated Cook said afterwards, having watched the urn pass to Michael Clarke's hands: "That has not been down to a lack of effort or trying from the lads or the preparation.

"We have been out-skilled in all aspects and it is hard to say that as a player but that is the honest truth.

"We have got to keep looking at ourselves and keep doing what we can do and that is working hard to turn things around.

"It is over a number of years we have been a good fielding side but for some reason like all aspects we have been below the standards we set ourselves.

"We knew what a good side there were in England and we knew how tough it is to come here – you have to be on top of your game to compete with them and we haven't. They have been very ruthless and not let us back in any game.

"Everyone is hurting now. That happens in sport – there is a winner and a loser and at the moment we are the losing dressing room and it hurts.

"All we can do now is work as hard as we can on our games, then come out on Boxing Day and put in a better performance.

"We've got some good men around us, and we're going to need them in the next week or so. The strategy doesn't change – you approach every game the same. Of course the Ashes are gone, and trust me that hurts like hell."

The fourth Test will start at the MCG in Melbourne on 26 December.

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