‘This side has fought back in the past’, says Alastair Cook

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“This game is going to hurt us but there is plenty of character in this team and we’re going to show it again”

After suffering their sixth-largest defeat in terms of runs in Test cricket history, England captain Alastair Cook has announced that his side are still capable of fighting back.

Cook has already put the 381-run thrashing England received in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane behind him and is looking forward to squaring things up when the second Test gets underway on December 5 in Adelaide.

“This side has fought back in the past,” Cook said. “This game is going to hurt us but there is plenty of character in this team and we’re going to show it again.”

Cook lauded Johnson for taking nine wickets in the match, which included a five-wicket haul in the second innings, and admitted that short-pitched bowling “is something we need to work on as a side going into Adelaide”.

“He’s bowled very well and put us under some pressure,” Cook said about Johnson. “It is something we need to work on as a side going into Adelaide. We’ve faced a lot of him in the past and been successful. There have been times when he’s got on top of us, and we’ve had good times against him as well.

“You always talk about trying not to lose wickets in clusters but sometimes talking doesn’t really help. It’s about trying to do it out in the middle. Credit to Australia, they put us under pressure and we couldn’t respond to that.

“When you only bat for 50 overs in the first innings… The bowlers need time to put their feet up, especially in these conditions. That is the job of the batsmen and we didn’t do it.

“It’s very hard for the bowlers then; physically they are a little bit down and also Australia aren’t under so much pressure. It’s a double-edged sword.”

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