"We have got a few scars there with the Australian team," he told the BBC. "There will be a few who have missed out and a few who will be nervous. "They've got four good bowlers and we've shown we can compete with them for a period of time. We've just got to do it for longer." Captain Joe Root was also positive after the game, saying England were "still massively" in the Ashes series. This is despite England not beating Australia at Perth's WACA Ground since 1978, where the third Test starts next week. "We've shown throughout the two Tests in periods we can out-perform Australia, but just not over five days," said Root, who scored 67 in the second innings run chase but failed to stay at the crease long enough to give his side a realistic shot at winning. "If we can perform to our ability for longer periods of time we'll win games. The belief in dressing room is definitely there."
"All of our players have competed at different times and have showed they can bat. They have got to do it for longer and have to find a way to keep concentration." England coach Trevor Bayliss— Test Match Special (@bbctms) December 6, 2017
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Bayliss said the team played well in final days of the Adelaide day-night Test, but they needed to make more than 220 runs in an innings to stand a chance in Perth. "If we do that well we can put more pressure on Australia than we did on this match," he said. Australia head into the third Test with allrounder Mitch Marsh recalled to the squad, with the home side conscious of protecting star fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins with the series still alive and three Tests remaining.
Coach Trevor Bayliss says England are "very confident" of their chances in this week's opening Ashes Testhttps://t.co/5fYIK1GHso— News18 (@CNNnews18) November 19, 2017
"It was a disappointing end to it this morning but I thought we played well in those last couple of days to actually give ourselves a chance."— Test Match Special (@bbctms) December 6, 2017
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