Johnson urges Aussies to show some fight


Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has urged his fellow bowlers to show some fight with the bat to keep their side in the game as England closed in on victory after two days of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Thursday.

The Aussies were 168 for seven at stumps, only a lead of 23 runs, with wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, on 37, and Mitchell Starc on seven still at the crease.

England seamer James Anderson will be a doubt to take any further part in the match as he left the field late in the evening session with a suspected side strain.

Steve Finn though carried the home side's bowling attack taking five 45 to rock Australia in the afternoon session, but Johnson wants something for the bowlers to defend.

Johnson told Sky Sport after the day's play: "It's not ideal, not something we're happy about, but we need to get out there and fight in the morning.

"We're 23 runs ahead and we need a big partnership. We need Mitchell Starc and Peter Nevill to put on a 100 partnership and get the ball rolling.

"England might be one bowler down as well, but we've got to stop this rot. It's not looking good at the moment, but we've got to keep confident.

"We played some shots we didn't need to. The guys will be disappointed and want to rectify that, but at the moment we need this tail to wag.

"At one stage it looked like we'd get bowled out without making them bat a second time. If we get 120-30 we've got to have a really hard crack.

"There's still enough in the wicket, especially with the new ball. We'll have to come out and try to bowl our best."