Katich says its tough, but adds that Oz will fight

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London, Aug. 23 (ANI): Australian opener Simon Katich, who top scored for his side in the first innings of the Oval Test (50) and is batting in the second innings with 42, admitted on Saturday that the visitors have an uphill task before them, but added that the will to fight to the end is still there.

''You never know, you just have to keep believing and keep fighting. We know it is going to be hard work, but that is the beauty of playing Test cricket, you don't expect it any other way. And the Ashes are up for grabs, so hopefully we can pull off something special," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Katich, as saying at the end of play on the third day of the final Ashes Test.

He added: ''We know it's going to be tough work. Whenever you bat last in a Test match you understand that. You can always assume the wicket will get worse, but who knows what's around the corner?''

England have set an imposing 546 for victory, thanks to a brilliant debut century by Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott (119). At the close of play, Australia had wiped off 80 of those runs and need to stay in for another two days to either break the world record for the biggest successful run-chase or to draw the game and retain the Ashes.

Experts are predicting that the urn is set to change hands for the third time in as many series after England declared at 9-373. They also said that Australia has to produce ''something special'' to save the series at The Oval. (ANI)

Story first published: Sunday, August 23, 2009, 14:09 [IST]
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