‘I know that we can fight back in to the series’, says Andy Flower

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“We’ve been outplayed in these two Tests”

England head coach Andy Flower has announced that he still believes the national team “can fight back in to the series” despite being 2-0 down after the first two Tests.

However, he admitted that his side were completely “outplayed” in the first two Tests as well.

“Usually in sporting contests, when there are losses – especially heavy losses – one of the first areas people look at is lack of fight, or the other side wanted it more,” Flower said. “That’s quite a simplistic view. We’ve been outplayed in these two Tests, very obviously.

“Our batting failed three times in a row and we played a little better in the fourth innings, but we will need to up these skills and improving on that batting in Perth if we are to stand any chance.

“None of us wanted to be two down after two Tests and the scale of the defeats has been tough but I know that we can fight back in to the series.

“A lot of these players have done some amazing things for England in the recent past and we are going to have to fight for this to happen again.”

Flower added that the conditions in Perth will determine who gets selected.

But, he clearly stated that only one spinner will be used after Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar both failed to have an impact during the second Test in Adelaide.

“The conditions in Perth will be very different,” he said. “We picked two spinners in Adelaide as we adjudged the conditions dry enough to do so and I think that was right considering how it turned on the first day. We will assess those conditions and will obviously pick the side that gives us the best chance of winning.

“Graeme Swann has been an outstanding spin bowler for us over the past four or five years and very much part of England’s success but we will assess the conditions and see who will be best able to help us take 20 wickets.”

Flower also hinted that he is highly considering drafting pace bowler Tim Bresnan into the squad for the third Test.

“Bresnan is a strong option for Perth,” he said. “It is great that he has come back from his back injury.

“He had a good run out with our Performance Programme at the Border Oval the other day and he is fit and available for selection.”

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