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Alastair Cook hopes England team-mates help him become better leader during Ashes

Cook poses with Aussie skipper Cooke at Lord's today. Photo: PA

Alastair Cook believes the players he has at his disposal could inspire him to become a better England captain ahead of the imminent Ashes series.

Cook's leadership of the side has been under almost non-stop scrutiny since he took the job in August 2012, but he cut a relaxed figure ahead of the first Test with Australia in Cardiff, which gets under way on Wednesday.

With the attack-minded Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler all emerging as regular Test stars, Cook is conscious he may have to adopt a similar mindset in order to get the best out of his young guns.

"There is a lot written about my captaincy and it is important I sometimes get on the front foot," said Cook.

"If you look back at previous teams, they were more methodical. Maybe there's more opportunity to be on the front foot with the players we've got now.

"As a leader of a group you have to change probably your style of leadership to the players you've got in the changing room and what gets the best out of them."