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Video: Australians remain confident despite being 2-0 down in Ashes

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News 22 Jul 2013, 11:01 IST
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Australia captain Michael Clarke says he is still confident that Australia can win the Ashes.

That is despite his side losing the second Ashes Test at Lord’s in London to England, to go 2-0 down in the series of five.

Alastair Cook, England captain:

“You only have to look at our dressing room and how hard we’ve had to work these two games. How tight it was up at Trent Bridge and in certain moments in this game we were right under the cosh, so huge credit to the lads that we’ve managed to pull through, and certain individuals have stood up at certain times to deliver that performance. So yeah, look, it’s a good dressing room to be in, but we’ll do what we always do, which is (to) enjoy tonight, recover well and we’ll come back to Old Trafford and we’ll decide how to go about winning the game.”

Joe Root, England batsman:

“No, it’s obviously nice, I’m in a reallt good place at the minute and really enjoying my cricket. You know, that’s how I play the game and it’s just nice to be in that environment and hopefully, that will continue.
Q: ‘And the hundred, was that special?’
“Yeah, definitely. It’s nice to know that I’ve contributed to winning a Test match and for it to be in the Ashes and at Lord’s as well, makes it even more special.”

Michael Clarke, Australia captain:

“Look, I never like losing, that’s for sure, so every team I’ve been part of that’s lost, it’s obviously extremely tough and you probably take it more personally when you are captain of the team as well. Yeah look, what can I say? Our performance with the bat in the first innings was unaceptable. The wicket was very good for bating, we had a great opportunity and we let ourselves down. We have plenty of experience in our top seven.”

“Obviously, I’m still confident we can win this series… I heard a lot of the crowd laugh when I said that, and rightly so, given the position I sit in right now today, but I think we’ve seen that just about all of our top order have made a fifty, throughout this series so far, we need someone to go on and make a big hundred, as England have done.”

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