Cook: We are not yet the finished article


Even after winning the Ashes with more than a game to spare, England captain Alastair Cook says his team are not yet the finished product and hard work lies ahead.

England beat Australia by an innings and 78 runs last week at Trent Bridge, inside three days, to take an unassailable three-one lead in the five-match series.

The 30 year-old Cook though thinks that now that the Ashes has been won his side can still do more to improve their game, especially in foreign conditions.

England go to the UAE in October and will play three Tests against Pakistan.

An opening batsman, Cook said: "We are nowhere near the finished article and we've got some amazing challenges coming up.

"I'd only set my heart on this summer's Ashes – could we win it or not – but when I woke up next morning after Trent Bridge I thought, 'Actually, I want to win 4-1.'

"Then I want to go and try to win (against Pakistan) in Abu Dhabi – if I'm given the opportunity, I'd like to. Probably the big thing is not looking too far ahead. Take one series at a time and see how you feel."

The fifth and final Ashes Test starts on 20 August at the Oval.