The question concerning English cricket fans at present is: “Where do England go from here?”
After suffering a 381-run humiliating defeat in the first Test, and losing by 218 runs in the second, the English side is playing the third test match at a ground where they have lost each of their past six Test matches.
In the history of test matches only one side has ever recovered from being 2-0 behind in an Ashes series, and that Australian team contained probably the greatest batsman of all time, Don Bradman, at his peak.
So how are England going to turn around this Ashes series from here?
England’s captain, Alastair Cook has called this, his 100th Test, the most challenging of his career.
Our confidence has had a hit in the first two games. I think that is quite obvious. As a squad we have made a conscious effort to look forward rather than look back. That is not going to do us any good. We think we have our preparation right.
I don’t think it’s about lifting the players. The hunger and desire which everyone has talked about has always been there with this side. We have got another case to try and show it this week.
Cook acknowledged that Australian bowler, Mitchell Johnson, has all but terrorized England in the first two Tests, and said there have been deep discussions over the past few days how he should be played.
It is down to individuals. Our shot selection against him at crucial times in this series has been poor and that is why he has had a lot of success against us. The partnership between Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen they played him very well but is dangerous to concentrate on one player in the series. We have spoken a lot about that of that in the last few days.
In spite of the pressure for England to pull something out of the bag, Cook paid tribute to Australian captain Michael Clarke, who also celebrating his 100th Test:
It is strange both captains doing it in the same game. He has had an incredible career. He has been the leading batsman over the last couple of years.
He has been very hard to bowl at. He takes the game by the scruff of the neck with his batting. We have had a lot of battles and he is an exceptional player. He is one of those guys who when you stop playing cricket who you will always remember.
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