Saturday 23 November 2019

Cook calls on England to 'etch names into history'


England captain Alastair Cook urges his team to etch their names into history
England captain Alastair Cook urges his team to etch their names into history

Nick Hoult

England are confident Mark Wood will be passed fit to replace James Anderson today as they aim to "etch their names into history".

Captain Alastair Cook believes the Durham paceman - who has been troubled by an ankle problem - is ready to come in for the injured James Anderson and take the new ball at Trent Bridge in what would be a huge challenge in only his fifth Test.

"It looks really good for Woody. He seems to have come through training pretty good," Cook said.

Wood missed the Edgbaston Test as England felt his body would not cope with successive Tests in such a short space of time and always felt he would have more impact at Trent Bridge, where he has a strong record for his county.

"I thought he bowled really well at Cardiff, didn't quite get it right at Lord's, and he's looked fit and ready," Cook added. "Everything he's been asked to do he's come through with flying colours. He's really excited for the opportunity he's got."

Cook has told the squad that the Test offers them the chance to become legends as England attempt to take an unassailable 3-1 lead.

"There's an opportunity for someone to really make a name for themselves in the history of English cricket," Cook said.

"If someone scores a really big hundred or takes six or seven wickets to help England win the game their name will be etched in history forever. That's the opportunity we have as a side.

"We've been consistently inconsistent over the last seven games, can we turn that around?" (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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