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Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook backs Lyth and Wood to come good

By Staff Reporter

England captain Alastair Cook has called on his players to etch their name in Ashes history by doing their bit to reclaim the urn at Trent Bridge.

England, pummelled 5-0 Down Under in 2010/11, will take the field today 2-1 ahead and knowing one more victory will take them over the line with a game to spare.

"The series is poised at 2-1, there's an opportunity for someone to really make a name for themselves in the history of English cricket," said Cook.

"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."

On current form, the odds on that man being Adam Lyth would surely be on the long side.

The Yorkshire opener is averaging just 12 from his six Ashes innings and may well have lost his place had there been a compelling candidate in form.

But Cook, who has witnessed his struggles from the non-striker's end, believes Lyth could take his chance.

"He hasn't scored the runs he'd like to have scored, he knows that, but in the last game I thought he looked a lot more solid," said the skipper.

"He looked like his method was sorted out, though he didn't quite get the runs. I do believe a big score is round the corner for him.

"This time last year he was flying as a player and everyone was talking about him as England opener. Now he has got his chance and he has to try and ignore the external stuff and concentrate on what got him here in the first place."

Liam Plunkett and the uncapped Mark Footitt have been added to the squad as cover for the injured James Anderson but Cook betrayed a clear preference for Wood, providing there are no late fitness scares.

"It looks really good for Woody. He seems to have come through training pretty well,'' said Cook. I think it's fair to say (he is first choice).

"Everything he's been asked to do he's come through with flying colours. He's really excited for the opportunity he's got."

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