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Too many of our guys are underperforming: Warne

"It will take all of our experience and character to pull it around at The Oval," added the Aussie spinner.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2005 19:26 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Shane Warne is confident Australia will bounce back to win next week's fifth Test at The Oval to draw the Ashes series.

But he admits Australia have been playing below par as they allowed England to gain a 2-1 lead.

"Too many of our guys are underperforming," the 35-year-old spinner told The Times.

"It'll be a case of going back to basics and getting those right. I'm backing them to come good."

After winning the first Test at Lords, Australia were beaten by England at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge, and Warne blamed the tourist's inconsistency both with bat and ball.

And he agreed it would take a lot to fight back.

"It will take all of our experience and character to pull it around at The Oval," added Warne.

"We are simply not scoring enough runs in the first innings and we are probably conceding too many."

"That leaves us playing catch-up. To score 371 and 387 in the second innings at Old Trafford and Trent Bridge is a great effort. But we cannot leave it that late."

"We all have a bad Test match now and again but it is unusual for our players to struggle for three or four on the trot. These are wonderful players with fantastic records."

"If we lose the Ashes without performing as well as we possibly can, then it would be very disappointing."

"I reckon we would be better taking a complete break from the game and then going to The Oval hungry and refreshed."

"England got it bang on before Trent Bridge by letting their players unwind and relax and get away from cricket for a while."

"Test cricket is about feeling physically fresh and mentally happy," said the Aussie spinner.

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh also believes the tourists will win next week's deciding Ashes Test.

"The Australians may well be more relaxed coming into the last Test because they only have one option and that is to win," Waugh wrote in a column in Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

"Clarity under pressure brings out the best in champions and the team is full of them."

"For what it is worth, I'm backing a convincing Australian victory."

However Waugh, Test cricket's most successful captain, called on selectors to include leg-spinner Stuart MacGill for the final Test.

"He has the highest wickets per game of all the bowlers, always lifts in a Test match environment and would expose England's shaky techniques against leg spin," said Waugh.

First Published: Aug 31, 2005 19:26 IST