Adelaide - England still believe they have a winning chance
in the first-ever Ashes day-night Test despite Australia's strong position with
two days to play, fast bowler Chris Woakes said on Monday.
The Australians led by 268 runs with six wickets intact as
Ashes holders England hit back under the Adelaide Oval lights on a day of
The tourists, trailing by 215 runs on the first innings, had
the home side hanging on at 53 for four in the night session against a moving
pink ball, having removed their two leading batsmen Steve Smith and David
Woakes, who dismissed both Smith and Warner, said England
showed plenty of character after a poor first innings total of 227 which handed
Australia their big lead.
Victory in Adelaide will give the Australians a
potentially-decisive 2-0 lead in the five-Test series after winning the opening
Brisbane Test by 10 wickets.
"We've fought back well tonight, which is good to see,
and we can take some positives from that," Woakes told reporters.
"Obviously, we're behind in the game but we fought back
and showed some good character to get back in the game and put some pressure on
"Anything's chaseable really. We have to make use of
those sessions in normal daylight. It's always going to be tricky batting under
Woakes said England believe they can pull off a remarkable
"The positive thing for us is to believe we can go
forward and put Australia under pressure," the Warwickshire all-rounder
"It's important we continue to do that tomorrow as
"We need to make sure we fight back and make sure this
lead doesn't get to anything too big."
Woakes said the England bowling group had adjusted their
bowling lengths after a poor collective effort in Australia's first innings of
442 for eight declared.
"We knew we had to bowl a slightly fuller length in the
second innings," he said.
"We were a little short the first innings. We got the
rewards, got our nicks.
"We had to stay patient and consistently put the ball
in the right areas. That was it, really.
"We're here to stick together as a team. We know we
didn't play as well as we would have liked."