Sunday, 9 August 2009

England playing for pride - Broad

England's Stuart Broad said there was still pride to play despite being on the brink of defeat in the fourth Test against Australia at Headingley.
Having been bowled out for 102 and conceded a first-innings lead of 343, another collapse left them on 82-5.
"We made the same mistakes as we made in the first innings, losing wickets in big clumps and you can't afford to do that in Test matches," he said.
"We're not dead and buried yet. We've still got some runs in the tank."
A remarkable turnaround saw Australia claim five wickets within eight overs, Mitchell Johnson with three and Ben Hilfenhaus taking two.
"They hit really good areas and made it difficult," Broad admitted.
"It's always difficult once you're bowled out for 100, you're always chasing wickets, it's difficult to settle into a good line and length knowing you need wickets to stay in the game.
"We didn't hit the areas we wanted to consistently throughout the day but Australia batted well and stuck to their game plans better than we did."
Broad at least has the consolation of a six-wicket haul for the first time in Test cricket, but said: "I'd like a different scenario for it to have happened in, hopefully I can go and get a career-best with the bat.
Australia full of confidence - North
"I thought towards the end of the Edgbaston Test I started to click a bit with the lengths I was hitting, I'm very much a natural length hitter when I'm feeling in good form and I rarely get driven when I'm in that sort of form."
Australia centurion Marcus North said the team gained a psychological lift from escaping with a draw at the rain-hit Edgbaston Test, which kept them only 1-0 down in the series.
"I think we learned a lot from the way we went about it at Edgbaston, it's a mental thing," added North, who scored 110 in the Australia innings.
"We had to be a bit more disciplined with our batting and I think we showed that in how we applied ourselves here at Headingley and we got our rewards.
"England went into the final day at Edgbaston thinking they were going to win and for us to blunt that, it's really given us the momentum now."

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