Joe Root says England will fight hard to prevent a seemingly inevitable Australia win on the final day of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
The Yorkshire batsman scored 87 in 194 balls as England batted throughout the fourth day to close on 247 for six.
However, set a target of 531 to win, Australia are heavy favourites to take the four wickets they need to wrap up a win on the final day.
Root says that England will be making it as hard as they possibly can and hopes they can continue to fight as they did on day four.
"Obviously it's not ideal, but we knew we had to front up today," he said. "You know everyone watching and playing knew we were in a battle and we weren't going to lie down and we were going to show a bit of fight and courage and be there at the end of the day."
Throughout the series, Root appears to have been a target for Australia but he says he is not worried by any verbals coming his way.
"I think they're just trying to get under my skin and try find a way of helping them get me out," he said.
"I expect any team to do that, not just Australia, and you know it's good confrontation. I like to get in a battle with the opposition and it's good hard cricket, it's what Ashes is about."
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