Ashes 2013-14: England captain Alastair Cook admits his side have talked a good game but now need to produce in Perth

Having gone 2-0 down in the Series, Cook knows that they need to win in Perth if England are to have any chance of winning the Ashes

Alastair Cook admits England's confidence has been hit by their two wide-margin defeats in the Ashes so far, but insists they are ready to fight back as they must at the WACA.

Cook's tourists have one last chance to put their bid for a fourth successive Ashes series victory back on track, yet the odds appear stacked against them in Perth.

In 12 attempts to date just one England team has ever won at this venue, famed for its extreme pace and bounce.

The Mitchell Johnson factor is another major obstacle in the way as Cook and Co seek not only to win the third Test but somehow the two that follow it also to overturn a 2-0 deficit after the crushing setbacks in Brisbane and Adelaide.

Only Australia, almost 80 years ago, have ever won the Ashes from 2-0 down - another statistic which must weigh heavily against a revival.

Cook concedes England have much to prove, and can hardly be as buoyant as they were when they arrived in Australia seven weeks ago on the back of a 3-0 Ashes victory at home last summer.

"You can say our confidence has had a hit during the first two games - I think that's quite obvious," said the England captain, who like his opposite number Michael Clarke is about to play his 100th Test.

"As a squad, we have made a real conscious effort.

"We have to look forward to this game rather than look back on what's happened. That's not going to do us any good."

He has been encouraged by the response so far.

"The way the lads trained yesterday, the way we've gone about our business, trying to do things the right way ... we think we have got our preparation right." Cook said.

"We've talked a good game - but now it's about making sure when we go out there tomorrow that we play a good game."

England are sure to make at least one change to the team which lost by 218 runs in Adelaide - because there will be no room for two spinners here.

Fanciful suggestions have been in the air, from outside the camp, of all sorts of other possible selections.

Cook has already given credibility but not outright endorsement to the idea that England could even pick an all-pace attack, and therefore dispense with veteran off-spinner Graeme Swann.

On the eve of this crucial match, he was in no mood to give substance to any more left-field theories - but made it clear too no one will simply be selected on reputation or historical achievement.

"We have a lot of experience in this side," Cook said.

"Sometimes the grass is greener for the guy who is not playing, tempting (you) to use different options, and we have options in the squad.

"It is quite a balanced squad. But whichever XI we go with, sentiment is out the question."

PA

Voices
The Sumatran tiger, endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is an endangered species
voicesJonathon Porritt: The wild tiger population is thought to have dropped by 97 per cent since 1900
Arts and Entertainment
Beast would strip to his underpants and take to the stage with a slogan scrawled on his bare chest whilst fans shouted “you fat bastard” at him
musicIndie music promoter was was a feature at Carter gigs
News
news
Arts and Entertainment
Story line: Susanoo slays the Yamata no Orochi serpent in the Japanese version of a myth dating back 40,000 years
arts + entsApplying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Performers dressed as Tunnocks chocolate teacakes, a renowned Scottish confectionary, perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow on July 23, 2014.
news
Life and Style
Popular plonk: Lambrusco is selling strong
Food + drinkNaff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
News
Gardai wait for the naked man, who had gone for a skinny dip in Belfast Lough
newsTwo skinny dippers threatened with inclusion on sex offenders’ register as naturists criminalised
News
Shake down: Michelle and Barack Obama bump knuckles before an election night rally in Minnesota in 2008, the 'Washington Post' called it 'the fist bump heard round the world'
newsThe pound, a.k.a. the dap, greatly improves hygiene
Arts and Entertainment
La Roux
music
Arts and Entertainment
Graham Fellows as John Shuttleworth
comedySean O'Grady joins Graham Fellows down his local Spar
News
people
News
Ross Burden pictured in 2002
people
News
Elisabeth Murdoch: The 44-year-old said she felt a responsibility to 'stand up and be counted’'
media... says Rupert Murdoch
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Extras
indybest
Sport
Arsenal signing Calum Chambers
sportGunners complete £16m transfer of Southampton youngster
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on