Bairstow wants England response

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is still confident that England can win the fourth Ashes Test despite yet another batting collapse Down Under (match prices – England 7/2 draw 100/1 Australia 1/5).

The tourists once again failed to deliver with the bat as they were bowled out for just 179 on day three in Melbourne. Alastair Cook (51) managed to hit a half century, while Kevin Pietersen scored 49 – but their scores were the only highlights as the rest of the batting attack failed to deliver.

Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad all fell for none, while Bairstow hit a quick-fire 21 before he was dismissed by Mitchell Johnson. He hit two fours and two sixes in a short spell, as Australia eventually ended the day 30-0 at stumps.

Despite the collapse, Bairsow, who replaced Matt Prior for the fourth Test, believes England (6/1 – 2015 World Cup tournament winner) can repeat their bowling display from the first innings.

He told Sky Sports: “Of course we can do it, you can see that from the first innings where we bowled them out for less than they’re having to chase.

“We saw in the first innings with the patience that our bowlers showed and the skills that they showed with the ball when we did get it moving sideways. It was a fantastic show of skill from our bowlers that we can hopefully take into tomorrow and we know how dangerous our bowlers can be if we can get it going sideways with either conventional or reverse swing.”

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