6 Jan 2011

Cook struggling to come to terms with prolific Ashes form

6:25 am on 6 January 2011

The England opening batsman Alastair Cook admits he's finding it hard to believe his prolific run scoring form in the Ashes series having batted his side into a commanding position in the fifth and final test against Australia in Sydney.

England will go into day four at 488 for seven, an overall lead of 208 after Cook made his third century of the series scoring 189 adding to a half century and double century in Brisbane, a century in Adelaide and another half century in Melbourne.

Ian Bell also completed his first century against Australia making 115.

Cook's now scored 766 runs at an average of almost 130, second only for an English batsman to that of the legendary Wally Hammond who scored 905 runs in the summer of 1928-29.

With the Ashes already retained and England 2-1 up in the series, a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground would give England a series win in Australia for the first time in 24 years.