Cook: Time for actions to match our words

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England captain Alastair Cook was bullish ahead of the third Ashes Test against Australia in Perth, saying his lads were looking forwards rather than at the previous defeats, and were ready to make a comeback.

England captain Alastair Cook was bullish ahead of the third Ashes Test against Australia in Perth, saying his lads were looking forwards rather than at the previous defeats, and were ready to make a comeback.

England trail the hosts two nil after shock defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide, both by large margins, and the skipper said that despite being sucker punched by Mitchell Johnson and company, they were ready for the WACA challenge.

Cook said on Thursday: "You can say our confidence has had a hit during the first two games – I think that's quite obvious. As a squad, we have made a real conscious effort.

"We have to look forward to this game rather than look back on what's happened. That's not going to do us any good."

He added that the time had come for action to match up to words, saying: "The way the lads trained yesterday, the way we've gone about our business, trying to do things the right way … we think we have got our preparation right.

"We've talked a good game – but now it's about making sure when we go out there tomorrow that we play a good game."

There have been whispers that veteran spinner Graeme Swann could be left out, given average performances and Perth's pace reputation, while batsman Gary Ballance could be handed a debut at last.

When asked about the team selection, Cook said emotions and friendships would play no part, and that the best XI for the venue would be picked, saying: "We have a lot of experience in this side.

"Sometimes the grass is greener for the guy who is not playing, tempting (you) to use different options, and we have options in the squad.

"It is quite a balanced squad. But whichever XI we go with, sentiment is out the question."

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