Clarke: Confidence is rising
Australia captain Michael Clarke is keen to ensure his side continue to build on their momentum from the third Test at the Emirates ICG Durham this week.
Although the tourists head into the fourth match in the Ashes series 2-0 down, with no chance of regaining the urn, they dominated most of the play that took place at Old Trafford, only being denied the chance of a final day victory by rain.
Clarke hopes another solid performance from his team will be better rewarded this weekend, hopefully setting them up for the chance to level the series in the finale at the Kia Oval.
Keen to avoid questions about the Decision Review System and Channel Nine's accusations about Kevin Pietersen, Clarke spoke at length about how nice it was to go into the game with a little momentum on his side for a change.
He said: "It's nice to be getting a few of their top order out cheaply. They are obviously very good players but it's going to continue to take a lot of hard work and some very good execution from our bowlers to continue that going forward.
"I'm not silly enough to put the mockers on any of their batters so let's just hope from the bowling side of things for us, that we continue to take 20 wickets for the least amount of runs possible. That will give us the best chance of winning the Test.
"All the boys took a lot of confidence out of that last match. I think we all believe, and I guess you never know in this game, that if the rain didn't play a part throughout that whole match that we would have won that Test.
"We've taken a lot of positives, guys have scored some runs which is really encouraging, and our bowlers continue to do a fantastic job for us, so in regards to momentum we're going to try and run with that, the boys are full of confidence now and our goal is to continue to play that brand of cricket starting on Friday.
"As a team the one area we continue to talk about is consistency in all forms of the game, especially when we are out of Australia, in different conditions. Tomorrow and the next five days are another good test where we are at with that. I was really pleased with the way we played in Manchester but the good teams back it up.
"I don't know if it (our momentum) is any more than England's, they'll be taking the positives that they are 2-0 up and can't lose the Ashes, but I think they way we played in Manchester has certainly built the momentum for us and plenty of confidence is flowing in our camp.
"But as a batsman, you always start on zero and as a bowler you start with no wickets so it's about our consistent performance and backing up what we did there.
"Our priority is to try to level the series, that's what we are focused on right now. We are pretty clear with our views - we want to leave here with a 2-2 draw...if the rain stays away.
"It's always nice to be here, Durham's a wonderful place to play cricket. I've been lucky enough to play some one-day cricket up here.
"We've got Michael di Venuto as our batting coach who has obviously spent a lot of time here and is very complimentary of the place and I think the boys have had a good time so far. I'm looking forward to the Test match."