Friday 2 August 2013 

Video - Clarke Pragmatic, Swann Optimistic

Watch as Australia captain Michael Clarke and England off-spinner Graeme Swann reflect on day two of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

Clarke scored 187 before his dismissal while Swann ended the day with figures of five for 159.

"I think the team should be extremely proud of the position we're in at the moment," Clarke said. "We've copped a little bit of criticism after not making enough runs in the first two Tests matches and rightly so, but I think the way everybody did their job in the first innings is credit to all the boys.

"We've worked extremely hard in the lead-up to this Test match and it was nice for everyone to get a bit of a result, but we've got a lot of work ahead, the wicket, as you've seen is pretty flat, there's not much movement there for the bowlers, and hopefully, we'll get a second innings as well, so we're going to have to bat well then as well."

Despite losing the wickets of Joe Root and Tim Bresnan before stumps, closing on 52 for two replying to Australia's 527 for seven, Swann has every confidence that England are still in the game.

"The fact that Cooky (England captain Alastair Cook) is still there is great for us, because he's due a good score and Trotty (Jonathan Trott), he's a world class player as well and we've got Kev (Kevin Pietersen) and Belly (Ian Bell) and Jonny Bairstow and the rest to come," he said.

"So we're very happy with our line-up and we see the way to win this game is to go past the Australian total, get a bit of a lead and then see what happens on days four and five."

Video courtesy of SNTV

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