Cook – We’ve hit rock bottom

Alastair Cook (6/1 ICC World Cup 2015 tournament outright) says it’s time for England to show some courage and emerge from their 5-0 Ashes whitewash as a better team following their final Test defeat in Sydney.

Despite travelling to Australia as favourites, Andy Flower’s men failed to build any momentum and produced another poor showing on Sunday as they were dismissed for just 166 in their second innings after making only 155 on the first day.

Questions are now being asked about whether or not Cook and Flower should be replaced in their roles as captain and coach respectively, with the boss himself admitting that it could be time for a change.

England now face the Aussies in a one-day series before a limited overs tour of the West Indies ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 which begins in March (7/1 tournament outright).

Cook admits that things can’t get worse for his side after the defeat against Australia and says his players now need to start showing their courage to justify their place in the side.

“When you hit rock bottom the only way is up,” he said. “It happened in 2006/7 and things turned round with a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication to the cause.

“We have to look at ourselves, look at where we want to go. We have a huge amount of talent in England. We haven’t shown it in these five games. There’s a lot of courage in the dressing room which will need to come out now.”

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