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Cook wants England players to make Ashes history

England captain Alastair Cook has called on his side to make history by winning back The Ashes at Trent Bridge.

Cook's men have a 2-1 lead in the series and could regain the urn if they manage to win in Nottingham this week.

Alastair Cook wants his side to stand up and be counted. Credit: PA

"The series is poised at 2-1, there's an opportunity for someone to really make a name for themselves in the history of English cricket," said Cook.

"If someone scores a really big hundred or takes six or seven wickets to help England win the game their name will be etched in history forever.

"That's the opportunity we have as a side."


Thousands to attend 4th Ashes test in Nottingham

Thousands of cricket fans are expected at Nottingham's Trent Bridge for the 4th Ashes test between England and Australia.

Liam Plunkett has been recalled to the England test team. Credit: PA

The first four days of the match are already sold out.

England lead the five-match Ashes series 2-1.

England have named uncapped Mark Footitt and the returning Liam Plunkett in a 14-man squad for the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

The selectors decided at their meeting on Saturday morning to cover all bases in the absence of England's all-time leading wicket-taker James Anderson, who will miss Nottingham with the side strain he suffered in the eight-wicket victory at Edgbaston.

England will take a 2-1 lead, and the chance to regain the urn, on the short trip east for a match starting on Thursday, with Derbyshire left-armer Footitt and Yorkshire seamer Plunkett both on board.

There are no further changes to a winning squad, Mark Wood most likely to return to the team in place of Anderson after sitting out Birmingham with an ankle niggle and opener Adam Lyth also retained despite his moderate current form.

Stuart Broad: 'It's been a fascinating series because you just don't know what's going to to happen'

Stuart Broad has spoken to press ahead of the 4th test on Thursday.

Stuart Broad Credit: ITV News Central

"It's been a fascinating series because you just don't know what's going to to happen... It is a great ground we get fantastic support here but I think I'm a bit bias! The guys who played the ODI here at the start of the year say the support was fantastic and I think we'll get that again."

– Stuart Broad speaking ahead of the 4th Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

Ashes squad announced for Trent Bridge test

Graeme Swann is named in the squad Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Four Midlands players have been named in the squad for the first Ashes Test.

Nottinghamshire bowlers Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad have been named in the squad, as well as Warwickshire batsmen Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell.

The first test is at Nottingham's Trent Bridge, starting on Wednesday.