Michael Clarke admits people may laugh at his claim that Australia can overcome a 2-0 deficit to win the Ashes.
The tourists must win the third test at Old Trafford, which starts on Thursday to have any chance of a dramatic comeback.
The Aussies have lost six Tests in a row but Clarke insists victory in Manchester will give his team momentum.
“Our backs are against the wall, but I honestly believe we can still win the series,” he said.
“I know a lot of people will laugh at that but I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think we could,” he added.
The Australians have recalled batsman David Warner, who was suspended after attacking England’s Joe Root in a bar in June, after he scored 193 for Australia A in their recent match with South Africa.
When Clarke was asked about the decision, he said: “I think David was extremely apologetic at the time.
“He knows what the expectations are for Australian Cricket and I am very confident he had learned from what has happened in the past.”
Meanwhile, the selectors have a tough decision to make ahead of the decisive test – whether to stick with Ashton Agar. The 19-year-old has struggled with the ball but broke the record in the first test with his 98 as number 11 at Trent Bridge.
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