England go into tomorrow’s fourth One Day International knowing they need to avoid defeat or they will match their worst ever run in international cricket which is 10 losses in a row.
The run started in September when Australia claimed the ODI series in England 2-1 with the last victory for Alastair Cook’s men coming on September 14th.
England have lost 10 successive international matches twice in their history with both occasions coming in the past 21 years. They set the record in 1993 before matching the unwanted feat again in 2001 but the current dressing room are confident 2014 will not be added to that list in Perth tomorrow.
With the five match series standing at 3-0, gaining pride is all Ashley Giles can ask of his team before they go out in the latest 50-over international at the WACA. His side has shown glimpses of a revival, especially in Brisbane where England appeared to have the game in the bag when James Faulkner smashed 69 off 47 balls to take the hosts to victory by one wicket.
However, Australia’s talisman and captain Michael Clarke is to be rested with George Bailey stepping up to lead the side which will also be without Shane Watson, Brad Haddin and David Warner.
The tourists are set to name a similar team to the previous three fixtures with the possibility of opening batsman Michael Carberry handed a chance while Joe Root could be recalled to a team that is desperate for victory. Boyd Rankin will miss out with a hamstring strain which could give an opening to all-rounder Chris Woakes.
One player that has impressed in the current series in Jos Buttler who has scored 34 not out and 49 in two of his three games this series and he has told ecb.co.uk that they are not thinking about the unwanted record ahead of the WACA fixture.
“You go into every game wanting to win it and we haven’t done that this tour. Everyone is very disappointed with that fact, but Friday is another opportunity to try and turn that around.
“It is a major focus for us to win a game of cricket. We haven’t done that on this tour and everyone knows why, because we haven’t performed well enough.
“We have to turn that around at some point. We can’t hide behind the fact and no-one wants to continue losing every game of cricket anyone ever plays for England again,” admitted the wicketkeeper.
The new Lancashire signing is a key man in the shorter formats of the game for England and he says it is crucial the players back themselves.
“One-day cricket is a tough game to play when your confidence has been knocked.
“You need to play with that free, open mind. That’s something we need to do. We can’t worry about consequences of playing a shot and worrying about getting out.
“We just need to take that mentality in - we had a good chat on Tuesday and a day off yesterday. Everyone is feeling refreshed.
“You’ve seen the Australians playing with a good brand of cricket and a very confident brand of cricket naturally because they are winning games.
“It’s a very tough thing to do when you are losing games to not worry about the outcomes of potentially getting out and these sorts of things.
“That’s something we have to do - lose that worry of those kinds of things and know what good players we are and be confident in that.”
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