Alastair Cook calm ahead of third Test

Alastair Cook claims that he is still able to handle the pressure ahead of the third Test in Perth.

Alastair Cook has insisted that he is not feeling stressed ahead of the third Ashes Test.

The England captain takes his team to Perth on Friday morning, with Australia leading the series 2-0 following comfortable victories in Brisbane and Adelaide.

However, Cook has claimed that he is still eager to lead by example when the third Test begins at the WACA.

"It has been a challenging few weeks and it's kind of do or die in this series," Cook told reporters. "When things don't go well as a captain, it's a tough, tough place to be.

"But I am still looking forward to the fight and still wanting to get out there - which I think is a good sign.

"[I am still] desperate to try to use all my experience and knowledge as a young leader to try to turn this around."

Cook will make his 100th Test appearance in the match.

England captain Alastair Cook during a nets session at the WACA on October 27, 2013
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