Ashes 2013-14: Joe Root says England will come out fighting in fourth Test at MCG
England batsman Joe Root says the tourists will come out fighting at the MCG as they look to reclaim some Ashes pride.
Last Updated: 20/12/13 11:54am
England have been distinctly second-best during the first three Tests, as Australia claimed three victories to claim ownership of the urn for the first time in over four years.
However, Root says England are determined to fight back in the Melbourne Test, which gets underway on Boxing Day.
"There is a lot of disappointment flying around as you would expect," Root told Sky Sports News. "We are a proud side.
"But we've got a great opportunity this week in Melbourne to make sure we put it right and come out fighting.
"I don't think getting up for any of the games will be a challenge.
"I think on Boxing Day especially, with the history around it and the venue and amount of people there.
"It will be a fantasatic occasion and we will definitely be up for it first morning for sure."
England's batsmen have massively under-performed so far this series as Australia's bowling attack of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon and Shane Watson have dominanted.
Ben Stokes' 120 in the third Test in Perth is the tourists only century of the series so far, in contrast to a total of seven tons scored by the home side.
"I would like to have scored more runs," admitted Root, who has amassed 153 ruins at an average of 30.50. "It has not been ideal the way things have panned out. But I'll be wanting to really contribute in these next two Test matches."