Haddin: We'll bat as long as we can

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Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who made 94 in the first innings, said the hosts planned to bat for as long as possible against England and build an impossible target, after ending day two of the first Test on top.

Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who made 94 in the first innings, said the hosts planned to bat for as long as possible against England and build an impossible target, after ending day two of the first Test on top.

The Aussies made 295 in their first innings, and then demolished England for 136 all out on the same day at the 'Gabba. At stumps, the hosts held a lead of 224 runs with 10 wickets in hand, and did not plan on relinquishing control.

Haddin said: "We will bat as long as we can. There is a lot of time left in the game and we know England got a very good attack so we have got to make sure we keep moving the game forward and not stall with the scoreboard.

"It was a tough day but we have got to earn the right to get those wickets in that middle session. I felt we built up some good pressure leading up into that wonderful hour and a half.

"The game is in a good position with three days to go."

Haddin went on to explain that the plan had always been to bowl short to England, given the Aussies' aggressive pacemen, and they executed that strategy to perfection, especially against the tail-enders.

The vice-captain, highlighting Mitchell Johnson's four wickets, continued: "There was a plan to go short, especially when the tail came in.

"We might as well use guys like Mitchell Johnson, who has that extra bit of pace, and we know that it is difficult place to bat as a tailender when the ball is going around your nose.

"We executed those plans pretty well. It might be the same in the second innings, or it might be something different."

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