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Stoneman backs England at MCG

21st December 2017, 00:09 by Michael Holland

Mark Stoneman believes there is no gulf in class between England and Australia as they head to Melbourne looking to win the Test.

England have lost the Ashes after Australia wrapped up the third Test in Perth, and England's job is now to ensure they avoid a 5-0 whitewash down under.

Joe Root now takes his side to Melbourne for the Boxing Day clash at the MCG, and despite losing the first three Tests, Stoneman says they are capable of causing an upset and winning the fourth.

"We're capable of winning games here," Stoneman told BBC Sport. "It by no means felt an unachievable task and going to Melbourne we'll give everything to get a positive result."

But, asked if it felt as if England were playing against a better side Stoneman, who has played six Tests, said: "In all honesty no, we're two sides of fairly balanced bowling attacks.

"They have maybe had us covered at times in the pace department but when we've had the ball moving we've shown we're able to put their batsmen under a lot of pressure and at times with the bat as well we've been putting runs on the board, but just not enough."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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