Ashes 2013: Alastair Cook eager to lift Ashes urn

Fifth Test: England v Australia

  • Venue: The Kia Oval, London
  • Date: 21-25 August
  • Start time: 11:00 BST

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Alastair Cook says it will be an "an amazing moment" to lift the Ashes urn as a victorious England captain.

England go into the final Test, which starts on Wednesday, eyeing a 4-0 win after retaining the Ashes with a draw at Old Trafford, before clinching the series with victory in the fourth Test.

"When you come to the Oval, you walk past pictures of Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss doing it," he said.

"Knowing I will be the next captain to do it brings a smile to the face."

The last time England won the Ashes by a margin of four Tests

  • Under the captaincy of Mike Brearley England won the 1978-79 Ashes series down under by an emphatic 5-1 scoreline, losing only the third Test in Melbourne
  • Australia's side was weakened by the absence of stars including Greg Chappell and Dennis Lillee, who broke away to play in Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket
  • David Gower finished top of England's batting averages after scoring 420 runs in 11 innings at 42.00 while Geoff Miller [current England National Selector] was the top bowler with 23 wickets at an average of 15.04
  • Australia's captain Graham Yallop topped his side's averages with 391 runs in 12 innings at 32.58 while Rodney Hogg was the leading bowler in the series with 41 wickets at 12.85

The 28-year-old added: "In an absolutely ideal world, you want to do it with a victory, of course you would, but if we did lose the game, we wouldn't be that deflated because we would have achieved what we wanted to achieve."

Cook suggested England are unlikely to make any unenforced changes to the side which recorded a 74-run win at Chester-le-Street last time out.

"We're picking the side with the best chance of winning the game," he said.

Tim Bresnan is injured, with Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett and Chris Woakes in contention to replace the Yorkshire bowler.

Cook has also backed leading bowler James Anderson, who has taken only four wickets in the past two Tests at an expensive average of 72.75, to come good again.

"He will admit he's been slightly off-colour but a slightly off-colour Anderson is still a mighty fine bowler," Cook insisted.

"He'll be desperate to lead the attack as he has done for a number of years."

Essex opener Cook added that the chance to become the first England team to win a home Ashes series 4-0 will be their chief motivation at the Oval.

"We've got the opportunity to do what no England side has done before, that's our goal," Cook said.

"Every time you beat Australia is a good feeling."

England have never won four Tests in a home Ashes series and are seeking to match their biggest margin of victory - 5-1 in Australia in 1978-79.

Of the 35 Ashes Tests at The Oval, England have won 16, lost six and drawn 13.

The weather forecast is set fair for the first three days of the match, with the possibility of showers over the weekend. All five days are sold out.