Aussie batsman North confident of chasing down a record 546

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London, Aug 23(ANI): Australian cricketer Marcus North, who took four wickets with his part time off-spinners on the low turning pitch in England's second innings of the final Ashes Test at The Oval, has said that his team might be able to chase down a record 546.

"History is against us. It's too early to look that far ahead. There is still a lot of cricket to be played," The Daily Telegraph quoted North, as saying. What you'll see are 11 guys, who have got a lot of character to show, who are going to give everything for every contest for every over. Hopefully, that can lay the foundation to give us a chance," he added.

North said that if past second innings scores are taken into consideration, Australia has a good chance to retain the Ashes. At Lord's Australia scored 406 before losing and in the rain-ruined match at Edgbaston they had scored 5-375 to save the game.

"Our first objective was to get through tonight unscathed and Simon and Watto did that superbly. To walk off at 0 for 80, it's the position we need to be in," North said.

"We batted well at Lord's, had some big partnerships, and laid some foundations to give us some opportunity to chase that target down. This is a different Test, different conditions. Again, we'll have to show some character," he added.

Australia will resume at 0-80 today, they are still 465 behind with two days to play. (ANI)

Story first published: Sunday, August 23, 2009, 15:57 [IST]
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