Alastair Cook has revealed he is ready to pick up his cricket bat and get stuck into the upcoming run of England Test matches. Over the next ten months, his team will play an impressive total of 15 Tests. Five of these are against New Zealand, while the following ten are against Australia.

Despite the fitness and endurance required to make it through this tough programme, Cook remains undaunted as captain.

A great challenge

Talking about the Tests, he said: “It’s actually a great challenge for us as a side to see what we can do in these 15 Test matches. I don’t think any England side has had the opportunity to play two back-to-back Ashes series – and play New Zealand as well – so we have the chance to do something very special.

“But it’s only a chance if we perform to the level we can; if we don’t, we’ll get found out.”

Injuries

However, he did acknowledge that there are likely to be some injuries in the team. About this, Cook remarked: “It would be very naive of me to sit here and say we’re going to use the same 11 players for those 15 games – that just doesn’t happen.”

“In an ideal world, you would. But we know how injury, especially for fast bowlers, plays a very important part.”

That said, he is confident that England have enough quality players to cope with this, stating:
“I think we’re very lucky with the strength in depth (we have) in that (pace) department, and we can rotate players if we need to or – if someone gets injured – replace them with a guy of very similar ability and class. That’s a comforting place to be.”

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