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The Ashes: Shane Warne says Australia are upbeat for third Test
Shane Warne says Australia can banish the hurt of their Lord's loss by winning the third Test.
Last Updated: 31/07/13 4:59pm
Legendary leg-spinner Warne - now part of Sky Cricket's commentary team - spent time working with the tourists' spinners on Wednesday following an invitation from coach Darren Lehmann.
And the 43-year-old - who bowled England's Mike Gatting with the 'Ball of the Century' at Old Trafford in 1993 - agrees with 'best friend' and current skipper Michael Clarke that Australia can still win the series even though they need to clinch victory in each of the remaining three Tests to overturn their 2-0 deficit.
"The mood in the camp is pretty upbeat," said Warne, who claimed 708 wickets in 145 Tests. "I think they are going to be a good chance [to win the Test]. The surface here at Old Trafford always creates a result, unless it rains too long.
"It's always a good wicket and has something in it for the quickies; if you get in you can bat, but it also reverse swings and turns square so it is an excellent cricket pitch.
"I think the guys are pretty excited to go out there and show their skills in this Test match; I think they are disappointed with the way that they played at Lord's but it could very easily be 1-1 after they only fell a few runs short at Trent Bridge.
"I think they were very hurt by the way that they played at Lord's - they don't think they did themselves justice and I'm sure they are going to put in a good account of themselves here at Old Trafford.
"Australia can still win this series; if they can win here at Old Trafford, we know anything can happen at Durham so they could easily go 'bang, bang' and suddenly be 2-2 going to The Oval which would be a fantastic thing for the series but they have to play better than they did in the last Test.
"If they can put some pressure on England by way of bat or ball early in the first few days we'll see what England can do once they are under pressure.
"It's just a question of whether they are good enough to get into that situation. I think they are and I think we are going to be in for one hell of a Test match."
Clarke has 23 Test tons to his name but averages only 25.50 in the current series with a top score of 51 and has been struggling with a back injury, although he has hinted that he would be prepared to bowl some overs of spin if required in the forthcoming Test.
Warne admits that Australia will need to draw heavily on the experience of players like Clarke and opener Shane Watson if they are to get back in the series.
And he believes that David Warner could also have a decisive impact if the selectors decide to recall him following his 193 for Australia A against South Africa A in Pretoria.
"Cometh the hour, cometh the man," said Warne of Clarke. "Australia need their experienced players to stand up, they need batsmen like Watson and Clarke to stand up and I'm sure they will in this Test match.
"You don't make as many runs as Clarke has over his career - and especially in the last 12-18 months when he's been a class act.
"He's the best player of spin in the world, he's probably the best batsman in the world at the moment so I'm sure he's disappointed that he hasn't made some runs yet.
"But he's been in some pretty tough situations and I'm sure that you'll see him pull out a big one in this Test.
"Warner will add a bit of 'oomph' and experience. He's dynamite in the field, he's good around the group, and he's positive and aggressive with the bat so he'll offer something."
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