Adelaide - Alastair Cook has "no idea" when he
will be retiring and is completely focused on beating Australia in his 150th
Test this week to keep the Ashes series alive, the former England captain said
Cook, England's most prolific Test run scorer, has made 62
runs in four innings as the tourists have gone 2-0 down in the five-match
series and some former players turned pundits have suggested he might be about
to call time on his career.
"I haven't made any decision on anything. All my focus
is on this game, the biggest of our lives coming up," Cook said in Perth.
Cook captained England on their last Ashes tour Down Under
when spinner Graeme Swann retired mid-series with the tourists 3-0 down and
headed for a 5-0 whitewash.
Former Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson and England
batsman Kevin Pietersen have suggested that Cook had the look of a man who
might be ready to hang up his bat.
"For the people who are saying that, they've had no
contact time with me," Cook, who is 33 later this month, said. "They
wouldn't know the extra nets I've been doing behind closed doors.
"I was with (my batting coach) yesterday for an
hour-and-a-half in the morning, desperate to keep working on my game.
"That's probably not a guy who's given in. To be honest
with you, I have no idea (when I'll retire). And I've said that since I gave up
The opener said retirement might not end up being his own
choice if he continued to fail to make runs and said becoming the first England
player to play 150 Tests was "quite special", especially as the last
147 have been consecutive.
Cook has enjoyed an Ashes triumph in Australia in 2010-11 as
well as the 2013-14 debacle and said the current party would not fail for want
"I will say this about this England side, I've never
seen a side a work as hard as this side," he said.
"Win, lose or draw, whether we play well or we play
rubbish, the effort from the guys is unbelievable. There's a group of men in
there, 16 or 17 of them, desperate to do well."