The Ashes: Damien Martyn offers backing to struggling Australia
Damien Martyn has issued a rallying cry to Australia as they look to battle from 2-0 down to reclaim The Ashes.
Last Updated: 24/07/13 11:27am
Australia lost the opening Test at Tent Bridge by just 14 runs but they were comprehensively beaten by 347 runs in the second Test at Lord's.
Martyn twice won the Ashes as a player and he has backed Michael Clarke's side ahead of the third Test which gets under way at Old Trafford on 1 August.
"There are no miracles out there to pick ourselves up," he said.
"I'd just play the team and then at the end of this Ashes judge them on their performances."
Martyn insists individual responsibility is the key to success.
But the 41-year-old admitted he is at a loss to explain why Shane Watson has been dismissed lbw in three of his four innings during the current series.
"When I go out to bat, only I can make runs," added Martyn.
"Everyone can tell me everything and coach me. But mentally in a pressure situation you've just got to do it yourself; you've just got to gain the experience.
"He's talented, he's very good," Martyn said of Watson.
"He gets out lbw for 50s, 40s, 30s. It's hard to explain. Probably only he could explain it."