Michael Carberry surveyed England’s batting nightmare on day two of the Ashes test in Brisbane but insisted: Don’t write us off.
The tourists initially appeared in control of proceedings, having claimed the final two Australian wickets for 22 runs to restrict the hosts to 295 runs at the Gabba.
But, from a solid start, a disastrous second afternoon saw England lose six wickets for just nine runs as they collapsed from 82-2 to 136 all out – to hand the initiative back to the Aussies.
Hampshire left-hander Carberry emerged from the debacle with dignity intact, opening the batting and top-scoring with 40 before falling to Mitchell Johnson.
And the 33-year-old Ashes debutant believes it is too early to write the holders off in their bid to claim the all-important first test Down Under.
He said: ‘I think the batsmen obviously feel a little down about the session but the feeling in the dressing room is still pretty positive.
‘We know there’s still three days to go in the game so we’re not totally out of it yet, so we’ll come out tomorrow hot.
‘Credit to the Australians - they bowled well. We never really got away from them at any stage.
‘It’s easy to say that (we allowed them to bowl at us) but if people put balls in the right areas then it’s going to be difficult to score.
‘I guess you have to try and be proactive as a batsman while respecting good bowling.’
Day three of the first Ashes test resumes at midnight with Australia on 65-0, leading by 224 runs.