Ashes 2013-14: England aren’t shell-shocked, insists Michael Carberry

Ashes 2013-14: England's Michael Carberry praises Australia's bowlers after the tourists collapsed on day two of the first Test

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Michael Carberry insists England aren’t “shell-shocked” despite a dramatic collapse from 82-2 to 136 all out on day two of the first Test.

England dismissed Australia for 295 in the morning session, before Alastair Cook and Carberry made a solid start to their innings until the captain fell for 13 runs.

Even then, Jonathan Trott looked to have settled but after the South African-born batsman was dismissed, the tourists lost a cluster of wickets in quick succession.

Mitchell Johnson finished with figures of 4-61, whilst Ryan Harris also impressed with 3-28, and Australia completed the day at the Gabba with a lead of 224 runs and all their wickets intact.

“I wouldn’t say we’re shell-shocked, we’re pros but when it doesn’t go to plan there’s always a little bit of disappointment. To say we are struggling is a bit strong,” Carberry told BBC Sports.

“For any batsmen the first few balls are going to be the toughest of your innings. England players are proven world-class performers and I’m positive we’ll come back strongly.”

On the performance of the Australia attack, the England opener added: “It was a disappointing session just before tea that has swung the game a little bit. Credit to the Aussie bowlers, they bowled really well.

“Mitchell is a world-class performer. In terms of pace he’s up there with some of the quickest. More importantly, he put the ball in the right area.”

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