Ashes 2013: England batsmen can outperform Australia in 3rd Test, feels Ian Botham

Ian Botham feels Australian batsmen have done well so far, but its now England’s turn to pile on the runs © Getty Images

Aug 3, 2013

Following Australian skipper Michael Clarke’s 187 which helped Australia post a mammoth 500-plus total, former England captain Ian Botham feels the England batsmen can outscore their arch-rivals and wrap up the series in the third Test at Old Trafford.

“They were positive and batted well all the way down, and I don’t think our bowlers did much wrong at all on a very good pitch for batting,” Botham wrote in his column for mirror.co.uk.

“Where they have Clarke who is ¬exceptional, we have Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, who are all exceptional.”

“It is time for the England top order to front up and join Bell and Joe Root in scoring big hundreds and putting this series to bed.”

Australia declared at 527 for seven on Day Two and went on to pick up two quick wickets to end the day on 52 for two, with skipper Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott in the middle.