Clarke vows to keep faith
Michael Clarke is determined to help Australia pick themselves up from a third successive Ashes series defeat - starting in the final Test.
Stuart Broad's irresistible bowling brought him 11 wickets in the match as Australia collapsed at Chester-le-Street on Monday evening to 224 all out to lose by 74 runs and concede a 3-0 series scoreline.
Clarke acknowledged that the tourists are simply being "outplayed" - but that does not mean he has given up hope of a consolation victory, before the teams rejoin their Ashes battles down under.
"The fifth Test is as important as the first four have been," he said.
"We have to play some good cricket, and I think we have shown in patches that we can do that.
"We have got the potential and the talent - if we play that brand of cricket we have shown glimpses of, I am confident we can beat any team in the world."
England would do for a start, of course, for Australia's beleaguered supporters - who had a tantalising mirage of possible victory yesterday while David Warner and Chris Rogers were sharing an opening stand of 109.
Instead, Australia lost their last eight wickets for 56 runs - and Clarke knows there are bound to be renewed calls for change.
But he said: "I think we are picking the best players.
"Everyone says rebuild, rebuild, rebuild - but you need guys in first-class cricket making runs to take someone's slot.
"We have to continue to show faith in these guys - it takes time playing against good opposition."
Clarke insists the players he has at his disposal are as determined as he is, but are just not making enough runs.
"I can't fault the belief in the guys or their will to try and win - everybody's attitude is brilliant," he said.
"I'd like our batting to be stronger.
"Our bowlers are doing a fantastic job - I don't think we are making enough runs it's as simple as that."
Ryan Harris finished with a career-best seven for 117 as England were bowled out for 330 yesterday morning.
Australia's challenge is to ensure the batsmen are able to take advantage at some point - certainly by the time the next Ashes series starts in Brisbane in November.
"We've got a couple of months, I guess," added Clarke.
"All I can ask from the players is that they try and get better every day, that they try and become a better player every day.
"We are working exceptionally hard - that is all we can keep doing."