Cook: We still have a lot to play for


England captain Alastair Cook said his side still have a lot to play for in the final Test against South Africa, starting in Centurion on Friday, even though they have already won the series.

The tourists have an unassailable two-nil lead in the four-match series after notching up victories in the first and third Tests, and Cook does not want his team to take their foot off the pedal.

The Three Lions were in a similar position last year in the Ashes series at home, and lost heavily to Australia in the dead rubber, a fate Cook does not want repeated.

The visiting skipper also pointed out that there are still players in the starting team that need to cement their starting spots ahead of the home summer.

Cook said: "Absolutely there's a lot to play for as a team and just as much personally for players who haven't scored quite the amount of runs or taken the wickets they'd have liked, there's huge amount to play for.

"There's no doubt our attitude will be fine. Win, lose or draw it won't be down to our attitude. Guys who played in this side will be desperate to shore up their spot.

"When the selection meeting happens for the Sri Lanka series they want to have earned that right to be there. That's what guys will be pushing for.

"I don't think it's ever a problem when really hungry players personally want to do well; if it over-rides the interests of the team that is a worry but in this circumstance I don't think it will.

"I'm really looking forward to this week to see how people respond. Last time we were up in a series with the series won we didn't play our greatest game so we've got an opportunity to see how far we've come."