Alastair Cook and his players were struck by the empathy and rapport their Ashes conquerors had with supporters during Australia's romp to an unexpected 5-0 whitewash of the tourists © Getty Images
Alastair Cook and his players were struck by the empathy and rapport their Ashes conquerors had with supporters during Australia’s romp to an unexpected 5-0 whitewash of the tourists © Getty Images

Sydney: May 4, 2014

 

England captain Alastair Cook has said that he hopes his team can copy their arch-rivals Australia’s example to set the best way to ‘ reconnect’ with the public. Cook and his players were struck by the empathy and rapport their Ashes conquerors had with supporters during Australia’s romp to an unexpected 5-0 whitewash of the tourists.

 

According to News.com.au, England is striving to make a clean break with their ‘insular’ past as the earliest days of the new era under head coach Peter Moores have been characterised by a chorus to ‘connect’ given a creeping perception that England perhaps sacrificed a broader appeal in pursuit of victory. However, Cook has made it clear he and his team-mates will not be above borrowing from their Ashes rivals — or even the England rugby union team — to make sure they maximise their potential.

 

It will be results rather than method which define the Cook and Moores era — and the captain acknowledges they could do without an early stumbling block in Friday’s opening assignment, a one-day international against Scotland in Aberdeen, the report added.