England pace bowler James Anderson says he and the rest of the squad need to restore some pride and try to win the final two Tests after losing the ongoing Ashes series to Australia (Australia 5/6, Draw 11/8, England 7/1 – 4th Test Match Winner).
The tourists have already lost the five-match series after just 12 days of cricket, with their recent collapse in Melbourne handing Australia a 3-0 lead.
England have now lost 12 and drawn one of their past 13 Tests Down Under, but Anderson claims he headed to Australia in a confident mood.
The 39-year-old (9/5 to be England’s top wicket taker) had hoped to help England to a famous victory, but they are yet to pass 300 with the bat in the series.
They have been bowled out for under 200 three times in six innings, but the fan favourite says they can still end the tour with some positives, as they try to win the fourth Test in Sydney next month.
“I think we’ve just got to throw absolutely everything at the next two games,” Anderson told reporters.
“We’re aware that we’ve got so much support, and I know people are getting up in the middle of the night watching us as well at home.
“We are just gutted that we’re not performing for those people and giving them what they want to see.”
England coach Chris Silverwood will miss the fourth Ashes Test after being forced to isolate for ten days.
A member of Silverwood’s family has tested positive for Covid-19, and under protocols, he must now watch on from home.
England have recorded seven positive cases – three support staff and four family members since PCR testing started on December 27.