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Alastair Cook insists England can turn things around and retain the Ashes, despite receiving yet another hammering by Australia in the second Test in Adelaide.

The Baggy Greens needed less than an hour on the final day to bowl England out for 312, earning them a 218-run victory and a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Only one team has ever come back from 2-0 down to claim the urn - Sir Don Bradman's Australia side of 1936-37. But the England captain is refusing to throw in the towel.

"The Ashes are not gone. If we believe they are gone they might as well be gone," Cook said.

"We have to look deep into our inner souls to drag something out.

"A 2-0 lead is not insurmountable. We have to dust ourselves off, work really hard and believe it can be turned around. It's hurting like hell, but the only ones who can do anything about it is us."

After losing the past three series, the Aussies can take back the Ashes if they make it three wins on the bounce in the third Test in Perth, which starts on Friday. And if history is anything to go by, the tourists are in a great deal of trouble.

Australia have proved dominant on the traditionally pacy WACA wicket with victories against England in their last six Tests there, while England's only win in Perth came way back in 1978.

Cook, though, remains undeterred.

"What has happened at Perth before is a total irrelevance to this side," the 99-Test veteran added. "We have to go there as this side, in 2013, and do something special. Good players turn it around. That's what we must do."

With such a short turnaround between Tests and England in such dreadful form it's hard to see Cook and Co being able to turn things around.

But the skipper knows what they need to fix - even if it is just about every part of their game.

"At the moment our skills are letting us down. We are dropping catches and not scoring enough runs. I have to get more runs and so do others.

"Shot selection and execution is a concern. Some poor shots have been played in this Test. We have to be better than that."

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