Alastair Cook calls on seniors to avoid Ashes whitewash

Cook, whose position as captain looks shaky after his team has been comprehensively outplayed by the Australians, has defended his players who gave up the Ashes in 14 playing days.

updated: December 30, 2013 10:31 IST
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Melbourne: Alastair Cook is calling on his seniors to pull out something special for England to avoid the ignominy of an Ashes whitewash against Australia.

The rampant Australians strolled to a convincing eight-wicket victory over the beleaguered tourists in Sunday's fourth Melbourne Test to lead the series 4-0 and stand on the brink of a 5-0 series rout in this week's final Sydney Test.

Somehow the dispirited tourists, who gave up the Ashes in 14 playing days, have to find a way to stop the Australian juggernaut from repeating the 5-0 clean sweep of the 2006-07 series Down Under. (Related: Clarke praises Rogers, bowlers)

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