Saturday 3 August 2013 

Video - Pietersen, Starc On Day Three

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc and England batsman Kevin Pietersen talk to the media following day three of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

Starc says he was pleased to pick up the wicket of Pietersen after the Englishman had made 113, his 23rd Test century.

He added that Australia were 'up for the challenge' and that he expects the game to move on quickly on the final two days.

"It's nice to bat on, but there's enough there when the ball is moving off the straight," he said.

"We looked off it very well to have it going naturally for awhile and then to make sure we had it going reverse as well. I think that's going to be key to make sure we can get as many wickets as we can when it's doing that.

"Going into days four and five, it's already turning a fair bit, so I think it's going to be key for the spinners, obviously Graham Swann and Nathan Lyon, to take as many wickets as they can as well."

Pietersen says that while England's first aim will be to save the match - they still need 34 runs to avoid the follow-on target - they have not given up on winning the match.

"We've seen today the wicket is still pretty good and I didn't know there was any weather around, but it's a good enough wicket to try and still get enough out of this game.

"If our 'engine room', as we like to call it, apply themselves tomorrow and we get as close as we can to their score, there's no reason why we can't. We put a lot of work into their big, fast bowlers today."

Video courtesy of SNTV

© Cricket World 2013

 
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