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“We have just got to come out tomorrow and fight hard”
Despite having been bowled out for a dismal 136 and Australia maintaining a 224-run lead at the end of the second day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, England opening batsman Michael Carberry believes there is still time to fight back and win the match.
Carberry added that “we are not totally out of it yet”, even though England lost six wickets for just nine runs.
“I think the batsmen feel a little bit down about the session but the vibe is still pretty positive,” Carberry, who scored 40 in his maiden Ashes innings, said. “We know there is still three days to go in the game so we are not totally out of it yet. We have just got to come out tomorrow and fight hard.”
Carberry also lauded Australia’s pace duo of Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris and off-spinner Nathan Lyon for launching an inspiring counter-attack after being humiliated on day one.
“I came in at lunchtime and said to the guys that it is a good wicket but credit to the Australians they bowled well and we never really got away from them at any stage,” Carberry said. “It is easy to say we got stuck but if people put the ball in the right area they are going to make it difficult to score.
“You have to try and be proactive as a batsman but you have to be respect good bowling. I guess you have to find a balance which we didn’t quite find today.”