Miller: We'll chase hard

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Just the trick: Peter Siddle undermines England with a sensational hat-trick. But Geoff Millers predict a fightback tomorrow

National selector Geoff Miller insists England have the strength of character to bounce back from a chastening start to their Ashes campaign.

The tourists were bowled out for 260 on the opening day of the first Test in Brisbane, thanks largely to Peter Siddle’s hat-trick en route to figures of 6-54.

Australia reached 25 without loss in the seven overs possible before the close, and will be much the happier of the two sides after a pulsating day in front of a typically passionate 40,000-strong crowd at the Gabba.

Miller, however, is confident England will respond in positive fashion tomorrow.

“That total, having won the toss and batted, wasn’t big enough and we should be getting more,” he told ecb.co.uk/video.

“There are some strong characters there now, and (team director) Andy (Flower) will know and the players will know they’ve underperformed.

“But it’s the first day of a five-match series and I don’t want to be too pessimistic about it because we’ve got lads who can fight back.

“We’ve come back from adversity before and I’m sure we can again. We’ve got some battling boys out there. They won’t be throwing the towel in just yet.”

Although Miller insists the pressure created by Australia and bolstered by a raucous crowd at a sold-out Gabba did not affect England unduly - “I just think we played very, very live shots” - he nonetheless accepts that they face a battle to restore parity.

He admitted: “What we have to do now is bowl them out in that kind of area - 260-300 - so we’re back in the game and can can start the second part of the game comparatively even.

“We’ve got to chase the game now. But we’ll chase it and we’ll chase hard.”

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