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Last Updated: Friday, 26 August 2005, 18:51 GMT 19:51 UK
Gilchrist - We will keep fighting
Andrew Flintoff drives as Adam Gilchrist looks on
Gilchrist (left) could only stand and watch as Flintoff flayed Australia
Australia vice-captain Adam Gilchrist says England have turned the tables on his side to take the momentum after day two of the fourth Npower Ashes Test.

England dominated with the bat then took five wickets to leave the Aussies 179 away from avoiding the follow-on.

"England are doing to us what we've done to a number of teams for a number of years," said Gilchrist.

"But we'll keep on. There's a long way to go but all the momentum is with England at the moment."

Gilchrist, a veteran of 72 Tests, said he had never come across a team with such a strong bowling line-up.

And he admitted the pressure Australia felt in the field was creating a "vicious cycle" of form.

"I don't think in my Test career I've come across an attack that's working together, hunting as a pack," he continued.

There's a long way to go in this Test match and we have to keep playing well
England hero Andrew Flintoff

"Everything starts to feel like it's going against you, a bit of sloppiness comes into the field, we start missing the odd chance, we're not bowling consistently.

"We've been asking ourselves why that is but the team that plays the highest quality of cricket for a sustained period will come out on top and England have been doing that."

However, the wicket-keeper refused to concede the Ashes, with Australia just needing to draw the series to retain the title.

"England have continued to show not just us but the rest of the world that they're a very, very good team at the top of their game," he added.

"But there's no doubt we still believe we can do whatever it takes, whether that's draw, win, avoid the follow-on or lose then go to The Oval.

"We're not bad cricketers. We've proven that for a long time and we'll certainly hold that very close."


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