Alastair Cook

UK Tabloid Talk 21/8

Will England make it 4-0 or can Australia pinch one at the end? I really, really hope it's the latter.

England's Ashes winners out to make it 4-0 against an Australia team at sixes and sevens
by Dean Wilson, The Daily Mirror
James Faulkner will be 17th different player this series to wear the baggy green when fifth and final Test begins on Wednesday.

England chase result that will keep Darren Lehmann under pressure in fifth Ashes Test
by Mike Atherton, The Times
“How to beat Australia?”, an England captain was asked during the dog days of Australian hegemony. Wait until they get drunk at the Oval, then nick one at the end of the series, was the gist of the reply.

The Ashes: Michael Clarke appears to be on the brink as it's all change for Australia... again
by Stephen Brenkley, The Independent
Australia have failed to win any of their last eight Test matches. They have lost the Ashes for the third successive time and they have already sacked a coach.

Ashes 2013: 'The more you get a batsman out it becomes psychological'
by Glenn McGrath, The Guardian
Australia's two most reliable batsmen of the series have been trapped by the same bowlers five times apiece.

The Ashes 2013: England 3-0 up against Australia, says Matt Prior, so why are we given so much stick?
by Matt Prior, The Telegraph
We are in a great position going into this final Investec Ashes Test but I have found it quite amazing that we are 3-0 up in the series and have been subjected to a lot of criticism with suggestions we have been lucky.

Everything to play four: Captain Cook keen to make history with decisive final victory
by Paul Newman, The Daily Mail
England head to The Oval with the Ashes in the bag for the first time since the fabled summer of 1981, but the final Test is no dead rubber.

Ashes 2013: England intent on piling the misery on Australia at The Oval
by Mike Selvey, The Guardian
Seemingly gone are the days when a dead rubber gave a Test hopeful a chance to shine, England want to keep Australia down.

Ashes 2013: Alastair Cook has been superb in latest series against Australia - now England must rest their captain
by Michael Vaughan, The Telegraph
Sometimes cricket goes so seamlessly you do not need a captain to take the lead role, but in this series England have leant heavily on Alastair Cook.

It's time for Finn to go back to basics, but England MUST pick Tremlett at The Oval
by Nasser Hussain, The Daily Mail
I believe Steven Finn will go on to be a very good bowler for England. But he’s just had one of those seasons when his brain has become scrambled by all the tinkering with his run-up.

Alastair Cook keen to add ‘another notch’
by Richard Hobson, The Times
Alastair Cook wants England to lay down another marker before the return series this winter as he seeks to become the first Ashes captain to beat Australia 4-0.