The Ashes: Jos Buttler says England will embrace ‘hostile’ MCG as they look to keep series alive | Cricket News

England will show a “back to the wall” attitude in Melbourne, says Jos Buttler; England seek to keep Ashes series alive and avoid ninth record test loss in 2021; Captain Joe Root needs 159 points to set the new record for most tests performed by a hitter in a calendar year

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England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler says he is “thrilled” to play in the “hostile” atmosphere of the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Boxing Day test against Australia

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler says he is “thrilled” to play in the “hostile” atmosphere of the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Boxing Day test against Australia

Jos Buttler says England will appreciate the “hostile” atmosphere of a rock MCG as they try to keep alive their slim hopes of regaining The Ashes.

England are 2-0 down with three tests to play after suffering a nine wicket defeat in the first series at The Gabba in Brisbane and then a 275 point defeat in the second pink ball test at Adelaide Oval.

Tourists – who made four changes for the Boxing Day Test with Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad replaced by Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Jack Leach – must now record wins in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart for win back the urn.

Fast-paced bowler Mark Wood returns to England in one of four Boxing Day Test changes

Fast-paced bowler Mark Wood returns to England in one of four Boxing Day Test changes

Buttler, who gave England a feeble hope of a draw on the fifth and final day in Adelaide before his epic 26 out of 207 rear guard ended when he stepped on his stumps, said: “We’re certainly not here just for take part and leave 70,000 people enjoy another Australian victory.

“We have to fight back. We want to win the series and we want to win this test match. We will take that ‘back to the wall’ attitude because that’s what we have to have.

Buttler's epic rearguard was in vain on the final day in Adelaide as England lost the second test by 275 points

Buttler’s epic rearguard was in vain on the final day in Adelaide as England lost the second test by 275 points

“I’m sure it will be a hostile environment here, but it needs to be embraced and appreciated – everyone is thrilled to be here. We know we have to bring our best cricket.

“We haven’t done it so far and that’s disappointing. With the situation we’re in, we have to get there quickly. That’s why you play the game, because you want to be part of the big chances.

“It won’t always be easy, but you have to show up in difficult situations and play well when it’s difficult.”

England captain Joe Root said his bowlers were too short and not “brave enough” with the ball when he assessed his team’s hefty defeat in Adelaide shortly after the game.

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said he “almost fell off his seat” after hearing Root’s criticism of the lengths of his seamstresses and said the England captain should have been more decisive with his attack if he wanted him to. threw the fullest ball.

Sky Sports expert Nasser Hussain backed Joe Root after Ricky Ponting criticized England captain's leadership qualities

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Sky Sports expert Nasser Hussain backed Joe Root after Ricky Ponting criticized England captain’s leadership qualities

Sky Sports expert Nasser Hussain backed Joe Root after Ricky Ponting criticized England captain’s leadership qualities

Sky Sport Cricket Experienced and former England captain Nasser Hussain said: “I think Ponting’s point is very good.

“Is it your job [as captain] to make sure your bowlers are fuller or take them off and get someone else on.

“The only thing I will say to support Root is that one of the real strengths for him is that it was the captain who made James Anderson and Stuart Broad fill up the most at Test cricket – (Sir Andrew) Strauss didn’t could do it, (Sir Alastair) Cook couldn’t do it.

“The results were there for all to see. Broad, in particular, had more full bowling wickets. In Adelaide they didn’t, but in the long run Root made English bowling players fill up a little. ‘more? Surely yes. “

Root says England need to deliver in Melbourne and expects his team to perform better

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Root says England need to deliver in Melbourne and expects his team to perform better

Root says England need to deliver in Melbourne and expects his team to perform better

Root was the main beacon for the England test team with the bat in 2021, with his tally of 1,630 points – a number that no one in world cricket can beat this year – a whopping 1,100 more than the next Englishman in the list to Burns, who scored 530 runs.

Root needs 159 points in Melbourne to break former Pakistani hitter Mohammad Yousuf’s record of 1,788 points in a calendar year, which he set in 2006.

England are hoping to avoid another record, however, as if losing to the MCG, it would equal Bangladesh’s tally of nine test losses in a calendar year, which the Tigers suffered in 2003.

Root said: “Personally it was a lot of fun, in terms of batting, spending time out there making great results, but nothing compares to winning.

“If I do well in the last three tests here, it gives us a good chance of getting scores on the scoreboard to win games.”

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