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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.
"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."
Alastair Cook reached 20 before being caught behind off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.
The England captain tried to cut the spinner, but only succeeded in edging the ball to Brad Haddin, leaving his side on 42-2/
England captain Alastair Cook believes he's found form at the right time ahead of The Ashes.
The Essex opener, who recently became all-time leading Test run scorer, reaching 9000 career runs, says he needs to take this form forward in this vital series.
The last three or four months, from the start of that West Indies tour, I feel my game's come back to me a little bit.
I haven't been searching for it as much, and a lot of that is down to the work in February and March with Gary (Palmer) and Goochie (Graham Gooch) as well.
I feel in a good place mentally as well with my game. But it's all well and good saying that here - it's about delivering
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Alastair Cook believes England have pulled off a "great coup" by hiring highly experienced Australian Trevor Bayliss to their coaching role ahead of this summer's Ashes series.
Bayliss was unveiled as Peter Moores' replacement on Tuesday and will take over from Paul Farbrace, who will drop back down to assistant, in time to face his compatriots in July and August.
Trevor's experience in all forms of the game, he's a successful coach, everywhere he's gone he's been successful, his one-day record is very good as well so it will be interesting to hear his ideas on that side.
It's obviously for England a great coup to have him in terms of his experience, certainly of Australian players but just of the world game as well.
I think the guys are looking forward to him turning up, getting to meet him and seeing what he says about things.
England captain Alastair Cook and Joe Root put on a hundred in the first session of the fourth day to give the hosts some hope of saving the test.
Things looked bad for England early on when Ian Bell was dismissed in the first over of the day.
Bell's departure brought Cook and Root together, with the two rebuilding England's innings, including the latter surviving a third umpire call on whether a catch had carried to square leg and an LBW appeal in the final over.
Root reached 58 not out, to complement his captain's 69 runs undefeated, leaving England 41 ahead.
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Captain Alastair Cook was clean bowled for just 11 Kemar Roach to leave his side struggling on 22-2.
On a good batting wicket, England have struggled to cope with the West Indies' pace attack, with Jonathan Trott dismissed early on for a duck.