Cook focused on attacking South Africa to seal series


Alastair Cook is determined to play attacking cricket in Johannesburg as England look to seal a series win over South Africa in the third Test.

England have not lost a Test series away from home against the Proteas since 1999, and - given they hold a 1-0 advantage with two matches to play - can extend that run with a win at the Wanderers.

Cook says there is no temptation to play conservatively in the remaining Tests to preserve their slender advantage and record an overall victory, with the tourists keen to finish with a bigger winning margin.

"You start every game trying to win the game," he said. "Clearly if the situation arises maybe in 10 days' time or on day four or five of a Test match, and we're 1-0 up in the series then you might bat for a draw but you can't do that with 10 days of Test cricket left.

"We're trying to win this Test match.

"It would be a great achievement for this side to come here and beat South Africa away from home.

"And we're in a position to do that over the next 14 days. The opportunity is there and it's just whether we're good enough to take it."

He added: "It's an exciting time to play on what are probably two result wickets in these next two games. We need to win one to win the series. That is a great situation to be in.

"But there's a lot of hard work to do and we need to do a lot of good things to win the game and put South Africa under pressure. 

"That's what we concentrate on, the results will look after themselves if we play well."