Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ashes Test: We are determined to beat Australia, says James Anderson

The Ashes
James Anderson says England are happy with the position they find themselves in heading into the final day of the second Ashes Test here. Having conceded a first-innings deficit of 215, the tourists dismissed Australia for a second-innings 138 to leave a victory target of 354. Anderson took his first five-wicket haul in Australia to skittle the hosts.

 England pacer James Anderson is pumped up after claiming the wicket of Australias Peter Handscomb yesterday. PIC/AFP
England pacer James Anderson is pumped up after claiming the wicket of Australia’s Peter Handscomb yesterday. Pic/AFP

England closed Day Four on 176-4, needing another 178 to level the five-match series, with skipper Joe Root unbeaten on 67. The late dismissal of Dawid Malan took the shine off a fine day for England, but Anderson believes his side are content with their efforts. "It could be a lot better for us," Anderson told BT Sport. "But we would take this position from the first innings. Bowling poorly first innings and batting poorly first innings, we would have taken this position. "There is no doubt in that dressing room. We know we can fight and have a lot of determination," Anderson said.

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