England skipper Alastair Cook spoke to the media ahead of the first Test of the Ashes 2013 on Wednesday and spoke about how it would be wrong to write Australia off ahead of such a big series.

Cook spoke about his team's excitement ahead of the tournament. He says there will be a few nerves floating around.

While his team enjoy being the favourites, Cook said that no match is won on paper. He said that he has a strong squad to choose from.

Cook praised Joe Root who is expected to open the innings in the first Test starting on Wednesday.