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Ashes: Alastair Cook plays down England records

Second Ashes Test, Adelaide:

Dates: 3-7 December. Play starts 0000 GMT each day Coverage: Listen live on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 LW, 5 live sports extra and online; live highlights and day's review on the TMS podcast ; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles; watch live on Sky Sports 1
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Cook keen to make most of rich form

Alastair Cook says he will only think about his record-breaking run of form once he has retired from cricket.

The opener resumes on 136 on day two against Australia having already broken England's records for runs scored and minutes batted without dismissal.

England are 317-2 in Adelaide, with Cook having scored 371 runs, across 1,022 minutes, since he was last out.

The opener told BBC Radio 5 live: "You look back with pride but for now I am only focused on what we have to do.

"We have to keep feet on the floor as one good day doesn't win you a Test."

And the 25-year-old paid tribute to batting coach Graham Gooch, who as a player experienced the highs and lows of opening the batting for his country.

"I'm very, very happy with how I've concentrated and not made silly mistakes which is pretty much the art of batting," added Cook.

"Things have gone my way but the way I backed it up from last week is really pleasing.

"Goochy has been with me through thick and thin. He was the one helping last summer when I was struggling. He knows that being an opener you go through these peaks and troughs."

Cook, who came into the series with an average of 26.21 in 10 Ashes Tests, batted the entire day in sweltering heat and has now been at the crease for more than 20 hours over the two Tests.

"At 37 degrees it's up there with one of the hottest days I've played cricket in, but you have to cash in when you're in this kind of form and don't give it away," he added.


"There's no chance of me doing that and it was quite hard physically after what happened last week in Brisbane.

"I'm lucky as I don't sweat that much and I only wore one pair of gloves today.

"I'm built in a way that I don't get too hot, and don't really sweat - so it was all right."

And while England would hope to push for victory with a lead and eight first-innings wickets remaining, Cook insisted that the match was still very much alive as a contest.

"The bowlers did a great job yesterday and the batters have the hard work today but it's only day two. Hopefully we can back it up tomorrow," he insisted.

Meanwhile, Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin admitted his side were not at their "perky best" but said they would come out fighting on day three.

"We're not going to give up, we need to make sure we stay in the contest," he stated.

"As a whole group we have got to turn up the heat tomorrow. Test cricket is not meant to be easy - you're meant to fight hard.

"It's a very good Adelaide wicket, but usually they deteriorate. We've got to make sure we're here for the fight.

"It's always important to start a day well - the first few overs set the tone and tomorrow's no different.

"We've got to be right on our game in the first five overs."

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