I am the right man to turn it around for England: Alastair Cook

Alastair CookEngland's captain Alastair Cook reacts as he walks off the field past the board displaying the result of their fifth Ashes cricket Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground January 5, 2014. A rampant Australia sealed a 5-0 Ashes series sweep by skittling England out for 166 to claim a 281-run victory with more than two days to spare in the fifth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. REUTERS

Alastair Cook apologised to England fans for letting them down in the Ashes series and said he wanted to stay on as captain to help turn around the team's fortunes.

The tourists crumbled to a fifth humiliating defeat to suffer only the third 5-0 Ashes series sweep in more than a century of the rivalry at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Cook was at a loss to explain what had gone wrong but was adamant he had no intention of walking away from the captaincy.

"If I knew that answer, I would be telling the guys out there rather than telling you guys," he told reporters.

"I am desperate to try and turn it around," added the 29-year-old, who also played in the 5-0 sweep England suffered in the 2006-07 series.

"I feel as if I am the right man to do it. If I'm not and people higher up want a change because they think that's the best way, I have to take it on the chin.

"I have a lot of experience as a player. I have seen a 5-0 before and I've seen the drive and determination which that caused that team then. I know what that takes to do."

Cook said he hoped coach Andy Flower would also remain in charge of the side, but admitted that Saturday's backing for both men from England and Wales Cricket Board chief David Collier was no guarantee in the long-term.

"I was given the vote of confidence from the board which usually means in football terms you have two weeks and then you're on your bike," he said.

"When you strip everything down, every single player now has to go back and have a look at themselves, have a look at their techniques. Have a look at the way they've bowled and start rebuilding again.

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