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England bowler Darren Gough
"Today things went my way"
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Australia's Damien Martyn
"I thought they batted very well, the wicket is up and down"
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Friday, 17 August, 2001, 20:08 GMT 21:08 UK
Gough hails team spirit
Darren Gough is congratulated by his skipper
Gough claimed five wickets in an inspired spell
England's Darren Gough claimed five wickets on the second day of the fourth Test at Headingley but was more pleased with his team's fighting performance.

Australia were bowled out for 447, but Mark Butcher and skipper Nasser Hussain lifted the hosts to 155-2 after losing Michael Atherton and Marcus Trescothick after tea.

"The way we batted has shown we can fight," Gough said.

"We have quality players in the England team. We've got to really bat well to make a match of this game."

Damien Martyn in congratulated for his century
Martyn is happy with his current form

With the Ashes series already wrapped up by the Australians, Gough highlighted the failures of the English bowlers throughout the summer.

"It's not easy bowling to these guys. The way we came back was a big thing today," he said.

"I think batting will get difficult later in the Test. With rain forecast, the cloud cover will exaggerate the movement of the ball."

Gough eventually finished with figures of 5-103 much to the delight of the Yorkshire crowd.

Australia had begun the day on 288-4, but as Gough and company rattled through the tail-end - they lost their last five wickets for 51 runs in 58 balls - one man remained unbowed.

Damien Martyn was composed for three and a half hours in his 15th Test and anchored the middle order with a dazzling innings of 118.


I think we'll have a tough test ahead if we're to win
Damien Martyn

His 18 boundaries off 135 balls were smashed to all corners of the ground - it was his fifth first-class century on tour and the second in the series, taking his tour aggregate to 872 runs at an average of 109.

"The first hundred will always be special," Martyn said.

"It is always pleasing to get a hundred for this Australian team. I feel part of this side. I will walk away happy at the end of this series.

"The three to four years of hard work has been worthwhile. But I would bat anywhere in this side."

Martyn paid tribute to England's efforts at the crease on Friday.

"To their credit, their batting was very positive. I think we'll have a tough test ahead if we're to win," he added.

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