England are desperate to get The Ashes underway in Cardiff and go about banishing memories of their 2013-14 whitewash, says Alastair Cook.
England are raring to get the Ashes series underway in Cardiff on Wednesday as they look to regain the urn from Australia, says Alastair Cook.
Despite suffering a humiliating 5-0 defeat in the 2013-14 series Down Under, Cook insists there are no worries within his squad as they enter final preparations to take on the old enemy.
Cook has a raft of new players at his disposal for the series, with the likes of Jos Buttler and Adam Lyth preparing for their first experience of Ashes cricket.
"The most important thing is that [the 5-0 defeat] has gone," he said. "We can't keep harping on about that.
"We have to be careful not to read too much into that sort of stuff, this is a new challenge, a fresh start. Cricket is not played on paper, or what happened two years ago, it is about tomorrow.
"The side has changed, there has been a natural evolution of players, there has been a different way we've gone about things. We have to look forward.
"As always the day before a Test there are nerves flying around, but the overriding thing is that the lads can't wait for tomorrow and playing some cricket.
"In our home conditions we want to test ourselves against the best, and that's what we'll try and do."