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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 August 2005, 18:32 GMT 19:32 UK
Warne braced for Australia defeat
Shane Warne
Shane Warne admits Australia face an uphill battle to save the second Ashes Test on Sunday as they chase another 107 runs with only two wickets left.

"It is obviously a very tough ask with the way the ball is reverse swinging," Warne told BBC's Test Match Special.

"England have got their tails up and have played very well. Whoever wrote them off beforehand was pretty silly.

"They are in a very good position but the beauty of this game is that you never know what is going to happen."

We let ourselves down with the bat
Shane Warne
Warne appeared to given Australia a decent chance of victory after taking 6-46 in England's second innings to give him 10 wickets in the match.

But the legendary leg-spinner, who has cracked two centuries for Hampshire this season, now finds himself as his country's last realistic batting hope.

He will resume on 20 on Sunday but with only Brett Lee and Michael Kasprovicz to join him as Australia chase an unlikely victory.

"We fought back extremely well with the ball but we let ourselves down with the bat, for sure," Warne added.

"It was a mixture of some good bowling and some loose shots. It is disappointing that we have fought so hard to get back in the game and find ourselves 8-175 at the end of it.

"But these England guys are a good side, they have worked hard to get to number two in the world and they have come out fighting here."

Interview: Australia's Shane Warne


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