Monday 16 December 2013 

Video - England Will Continue Ashes Fight - Bell

Australia may be massive favourites to complete victory on the final day of the third Ashes Test in Perth, but Ian Bell says they should not expect England to go down without a fight.

England were set 504 to win after Australia declared on 369 for eight and Bell made 60 before departing late on, putting on 99 with Ben Stokes to give England some hope of staying in the series.

Nevertheless, despite their  last recognised pair of batsmen - Ben Stokes and Matthew Prior - being at the crease, Bell says England have not given up.

"Obviously we are still hanging in there - and that is the important thing," he said.

"We need to take tomorrow as deep as we possibly can, keep showing some fight.

Bell paid tribute to Stokes, whose unbeaten 72 in 96 balls has arguably been England's best innings of the series.

"Ben Stokes was outstanding I thought today. You know, just some great shots. Obviously, potential for the future looks massive with Ben.

"And I thought his character with the ball as well, running in, like he did all day and yesterday, I think is a good sign for us because he is a really good find.

"We need the two guys who are out there now to certainly bat until lunch. And like I said, we have got to keep fighting. That is all we can do."

Following four days of hot sun, the pitch has some huge cracks in it but Bell says the best way to deal with a wearing pitch is often to go on the attack.

"I think with the pitch as it is, obviously with the cracks and stuff, and certainly early on in my innings I felt that if you just try and survive you're going to get one at some point so you're better off trying to put the bowler under a bit of pressure, and I thought 'Stokesy' did that really well.

"And that was our sort of attitude to going out there and I'm sure the way Matt plays as well, that'll will be the same tomorrow morning."

Reflecting on the series overall, which England trail 2-0 following huge defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide, the Warwickshire batsman said that England had not shown the sort of cricket they were capable of.

"Hugely disappointed," he began. "I think coming out here we had some real excitement that there was a massive challenge ahead and that's what you play the game for, but you know, I don't think we've shown anyone the kind of cricket we potentially can play.

"And hats off to Australia, I think they've been fantastic in all departments: they've batted better than us, they've caught better than us and they've bowled better than us, and that's what Test cricket is all about.

"It's just disappointing that we have got it in the dressing room to potentially come out and do some good stuff over here, but we just haven't been able to get it out."

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