Birmingham: England captain Alastair Cook has challenged his side to end their frustrating inconsistency by winning two Tests in a row and regaining the Ashes at Trent Bridge.

Cook’s men took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series with a dominant eight-wicket win completed inside three days in the third Test at Edgbaston on Friday.

Should the sequence be maintained, England would regain the Ashes 3-2 with a win in the series finale at The Oval. “If (the sequence) goes to nine matches, I will be just as happy but it would be nice to break that trend at Trent Bridge,” he said on Friday. “Come tomorrow (Saturday) morning we wake up with the challenge of Trent Bridge ahead of us.” — AFP