Video - England Spirit Brilliant - Borthwick

Leg-spinner Scott Borthwick hits back at criticism of England ahead of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney, saying the spirit within the camp is 'brilliant'.

Borthwick is expected to make his Test debut following the retirement of Graeme Swann midway through the series and with Monty Panesar struggling with a calf injury.

Far from being a downhearted group, Borthwick says there is a positive feeling among the players as they try to claim a first win of the series.

"I think the spirit has been fantastic, the lads are sticking together," the Durham man said.

"Like I said, we had a great fielding session there and the energy was fantastic, were running around taking great catches and everything and everyone's patting each other on the back.

"The spirit's brilliant and we're trying our best to get a good one in Sydney and finish the Tour on a high."

Australia lead the series 4-0 and are chasing their third ever Ashes whitewash.

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