Australia gave more than just a glimpse of their ability to take the fight to England in their 14-run loss in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. That has gladdened Glenn McGrath, the former Australia pacer, who believes Michael Clarke's team has the character to bounce back and level the series in the second Test starting at Lord's on Thursday (July 18).
"The Australians really fought back hard, they didn't lie down, and that was the most heartening thing," said McGrath on the sidelines of a charity event in Chesterfield on Monday. "(Ashton) Agar burst on to the scene and there was a lot of good stuff there. If they can take that into Lord's, and the top-order batsmen score a few more runs, then I think they've got a big chance."
Australia's transformation since Mickey Arthur's sacking as head coach has been spearheaded by Darren Lehmann, who appears to have brought a sense of calm to the team. McGrath firmly backed his former teammate. "They need a win but there's a good feel around the Australian team," he said. "I like the energy Darren Lehmann has brought in there and they seem to be a really close-knit team.