19 Dec 2013

Cook backs Flower

5:35 am on 19 December 2013

England cricket captain Alastair Cook has backed coach Andy Flower to stay on in the job, saying the players are to blame for the team's humiliating Ashes defeat.

Australia reclaimed the Ashes with a 150-run victory in Perth, giving them an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series with two Tests still to play.

The pressure is mounting on Flower following England's inept display with both bat and ball in Australia.

Cook admits the series defeat is the lowest moment he's ever experienced during his 100-Test career but the skipper says it's unfair to blame the coach for their horror tour.