The Ashes: Shane Watson admits Australia are beaten
Australia batsman accepts Ricky Ponting's men are on the brink of defeat after finishing day three 169-6
Australia’s Shane Watson admits he cannot envisage preventing England from retaining the Ashes after the home side ended day three of the fourth Test still 246 runs behind the tourists’ first innings score.
Andrew Strauss’s men have two days remaining in which to finish off Australia’s last four wickets after Tim Bresnan ripped through the middle order by taking three wickets for five runs in the final session to leave them on 169-6.
Earlier, England had added 69 to their overnight total for the loss of their last five wickets as they were dismissed for 513, with Jonathan Trott unbeaten on 168.
But England continued to move ever closer to retaining the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years with an impressive display in front of a 68,000-strong crowd in Melbourne.
“It’s not very good,” said Watson. “It’s horrendous. Australia has not lost the Ashes in Australia for 24 years. We knew that it would be disappointing for us personally to be involved in that sort of history.
“That’s not good history. We will try to restore pride in Sydney, but the most important thing is winning that little urn and we haven’t been able to do it.
“The Australian fans have come out to support us and we haven’t really given them anything to support.
He added: “We have to go out there in Sydney and try to keep some of our supporters onside because unfortunately because of the way we have played we might have turned a few people off. We have to turn it around because it is not great. You don’t want to play in losing sides.”