‘We are in a tricky position and need to show a lot of fight and character tomorrow’, says James Anderson

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“After yesterday’s performance with the bat, we were always going to struggle creating pressure with the ball”

England pace bowler James Anderson has admitted that his side “are in a tricky position” after Australia captain Michael Clarke and opening batsman David Warner both scored centuries on the second day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

With a target of 561 runs standing between them and taking a 1-0 lead in the series, Anderson noted that the only way England were going to stand any chance of winning is to “show a lot of fight and character tomorrow”.

“We are in a tricky position and need to show a lot of fight and character tomorrow, which we know we’ve got,” Anderson told Sky Sports. “We’ve shown it in the past.”

Even though England were bundled out for 136 in their first innings, Anderson made it clear that the batsmen don’t have any trouble playing on quick wickets.

“The pace isn’t a worry,” he said. “We’ve faced much quicker than this in previous series and the batsmen are used to it.

“We prepared for them bowling quick at us and we have a lot of quality, a lot of fighting spirit and can come back stronger.”

Anderson also noted that the bowlers were put under immense pressure after England’s blunder with the bat in the first innings.

“After yesterday’s performance with the bat, we were always going to struggle creating pressure with the ball when they’re in a such a good position,” he said. “There is not much pressure on their batsmen when they have got a 150-run lead to start with.

“I thought we fought really well with the ball, created chances and got wickets at certain times.

“With the runs on the board and the lead they had, they could play with a bit more freedom and attack Swanny (spinner Graeme Swann) a bit more – and that is going to put pressure on the rest of us.

“That was one of those things because of the lead they had. The way we performed in the first innings with the bat wasn’t good enough, we were always going to struggle today but I thought we fought really well.”

The 31-year-old was also quick to deny that batsman Jonathan Trott was having difficulties playing short-pitched deliveries.

“A guy like that doesn’t average 50 in test cricket because he can’t play the short ball,” Anderson said. “He can, he’s obviously having a tough ‘trot’ at the moment, he’s going through a difficult period, and we know that he’s got a lot of character and a lot of skill and enough to come out the other end.”

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