Cook: I'm still up for the job
Alastair Cook has no plans to quit the England captaincy but accepts his position will come under scrutiny after a disastrous Ashes tour.
Cook's side are 4-0 down in the Test series after suffering an eight-wicket defeat at the MCG and another loss in Sydney would condemn them to a humiliating whitewash.
In Melbourne England looked to be in a good position to salvage some pride but threw the match away with a dramatic second-innings collapse.
The result left Cook facing some more blunt questions from the press, one of which hinted that his leadership may be a reason behind the capitulation.
"Yes. It's something you do look at as captain and leader of the group," Cook said.
"(But) I feel as if we are doing the right things. If I didn't think we were doing the right things, we'd have changed the way we are approaching things - training and all that.
"I think we're preparing in the right way, but just not delivering it out there - or Australia aren't allowing us to."
Cook insists he is still enjoying the role despite overseeing a campaign which has so far resulted in four heavy defeats and saw England hand back the Ashes with two Tests remaining in the series.
But the 29-year-old also acknowledges that he is ultimately responsible for the under-performance of the side.
"In a strange way, I'm enjoying the job and I'm enjoying the challenge," he added.
"I'm totally responsible as captain for the team - and if, at the end of the series, the selectors decide I'm not the best man for the job then so be it. It would hurt, and I've got no plans of going anywhere."
If his position as captain is going to come under review then a consolation victory at the SCG would boost his chances of remaining at the helm.
Cook said: "I'm desperately trying to use as much of my experience of playing 100 Tests to help turn this team around.
"I know that it starts with a lot of hard work and it starts with a performance or two that we jump on the back of. But if someone says there's a better man for the job, then I have to take that on the chin."