Cook keen to carry on after Ashes

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England opener Alastair Cook has declared that he has no intentions of retiring after the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney.

Cook gave up the captaincy after a difficult tour of India last year and even though he had suffered a lean run before his double ton in Melbourne he feels he still has a lot to contribute to England.

Speaking to BT Sports Cook said: “I’ve definitely got quite a lot of cricket left in me and I want to carry on.”

Cook refused to set a timeline for the end of his career saying he prefers to see how he feels after each Test.

The former skipper said when asked if he would call it quits after the clash at the SCG: “I don’t think so. The problem with this question is that I just don’t know.”

Cook also wouldn’t rule out retiring in the near future revealing that the desire to give up the captaincy came upon him suddenly in India.

He would add: “I woke up one morning on that India tour, right near the end, and knew that I wouldn’t captain again.

“It does take a lot of effort to perform, playing for England. It’s a huge amount of sacrifice.

“One day I might just wake up and say, ‘You know what, I’m done with it’.”

Cook made a stoic 39 on day one of the fifth Test against Australia with England ending the day on 233 for 5 losing the wickets of skipper Joe Root as well as Jonny Bairstow late on to hand the hosts the initiative.