Cook confident of Brisbane success

20 November 2013 19:16:07 GMTPlus10

England captain Alastair Cook is determined to win the first Ashes Test and end Australia's excellent record at the Gabba.

Australia are unbeaten at Brisbane since England beat them in 1986, but Cook thinks the tourists are in an excellent frame of mind and can get the series off to a winning start. England are available at 9/4 to win the first Test, with Cook 7/2 to be his side's top batsman in the first innings.

"There's no reason to feel intimidated," said Cook. "A lot of players in the squad we have this year were here in 2010-11 so we've all got experience of winning in Australia and we're trying to use that to the best of our ability.

"Australia have a very good record in Brisbane, it's our job to try and change that."

Australia have a very good record in Brisbane, it's our job to try and change that.

Alastair Cook

However, England wicketkeeper Matt Prior remains an injury concern. He is a doubt for the series opener after suffering a torn calf in Hobart two weeks ago.

Jonny Bairstow will be behind the stumps if Prior fails to recover from the injury in time.

Kevin Pietersen, 7/2 to be England's top run-scorer in the first innings in Brisbane, will be making his 100th Test appearance while Chris Tremlett is expected to be named as the third seamer rather than Steven Finn or Boyd Rankin. James Anderson and Stuart Broad are assured of their places in the side.

England can be backed at 125/1 to win the Ashes series.

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