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Ashes 2013-14: Jonny Bairstow still believes England can win fourth Test against Australia

Bairstow disappointed at collapse

Jonny Bairstow: Showed attacking intent before falling to Mitchell Johnson

Jonny Bairstow remains confident that England can win the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG despite suffering yet another batting collapse.

Australia ended the third day on 30-0 chasing 231 for victory after a second-innings capitulation from the tourists saw them bowled out for just 179.

But Bairstow, who was brought in to replace wicket-keeper Matt Prior for the clash in Melbourne, has taken heart from the fact that England managed to restrict Australia to just 204 in their first innings.

"Of course we can do it, you can see that from the first innings where we bowled them out for less than they're having to chase," the Yorkshireman told Sky Sports.

"Without a doubt I think we can do it. We saw in the first innings with the patience that our bowlers showed and the skills that they showed with the ball when we did get it moving sideways.

"It was a fantastic show of skill from our bowlers that we can hopefully take into tomorrow and we know how dangerous our bowlers can be if we can get it going sideways with either conventional or reverse swing."


Bairstow was actually the third-highest scorer in England's paltry total, hitting two fours and two sixes in a quick-fire 21 before his dismissal by Mitchell Johnson sparked a lower-order collapse.

The 24-year-old showed he was not afraid to take on Australia's bowling attack but felt he missed an opportunity to go on and post a significant score.

Bairstow added: "That's the way I like to play my cricket. I was pleased to get off to a decent start, I was just disappointed that I didn't go on."

In what has become a familiar tale England lost their last five wickets for six runs on day three, but Bairstow is a loss to explain why his side's batting has folded so easily on so many occasions during the series.

"If we knew that we would have put our finger on it and moved on," he said.

"It's obviously disappointing but I'm sure tomorrow we can go out and take those ten wickets like we did in the first innings."