Carberry keeps the faith

England's Michael Carberry bats during day two of the Third Test at the WACA ground, Perth, Australia.

England's Michael Carberry bats during day two of the Third Test at the WACA ground, Perth, Australia.

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Michael Carberry believes England are still in with a chance of Ashes victory after finishing the second day of the third Test on 180-4 in Perth – 205 behind opponents Australia.

And the Hampshire opener who notched 43 runs, has also backed his former Ageas Bowl team-mate Kevin Pietersen to recover from his recent loss of form after he slogged wildly at a Peter Siddle half-tracker to give Mitchell Johnson an easy catch at mid-on for just 19 runs.

Carberry said: ‘Ideally, we would like to have lost fewer wickets... but it was a good scrap.

‘We’re still in the hunt.

‘I think ‘hanging on in there’ is a dangerous terminology sometimes, when you bat, because you’re out there to score runs.

‘As we know, Kevin is a positive player. That’s what’s made him successful over a long career - he does things that not many of us can.

‘It’s a shot I think many of us have seen him play time and time again, and hit it out of the ground.

‘It’s disappointing for him, and us. But we want people to play naturally, and I wouldn’t want to see Kevin put that shot in the locker.’

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