Anderson: England must show belief to win


England seamer James Anderson says they must have the same hunger and belief that they had on day four if they are to pull off an unlikely victory in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

The tourists go into the final day needing another 178 runs with six wickets in hand but captain Joe Root is still at the crease on 67 as they aim to level the five-match series.

England, led by Anderson, did brilliantly to fight back with the ball after facing a deficit of 215 runs after the first innings, bowling the Aussies out for just 138 to give themselves a record target of 354.

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Anderson said: “We’re going to turn up tomorrow with the same sort of attitude we had today.

“With the hunger, the real fight to get back in the series and see where it gets us. Hopefully, it can get us somewhere near.

“There’s no gremlins in the pitch, it’s pretty good to bat on. There’s nothing to fear in terms of the pitch deteriorating. It’s just a case of coming out tomorrow with belief.

“We’ve got to believe we can do it and we’ve go the players in the dressing-room that can do it. Obviously, we’ll need a bit of luck along the way but we’ll give it a good go.”

The Lancashire seamer took his first five-wicket haul in Australia in the second innings, capturing 5-43 in 22 overs, and said the first three days of the game annoyed the team

Anderson continued: “We were really annoyed with the way we played the first couple of days,” he added.

“We didn’t do ourselves justice in those first two innings with the ball and the bat. We wanted to show that we do have good character in our team and can get back into games by fighting hard and playing well.”