"We didn't perform as well in the field and that tends to count in one-day games," he said. "We gave away too many runs and paid too high a price for victory the other night [when England beat Australia but lostDarren Gough and Neil Fairbrother with injuries]."
"Two hundred and sixty is a lot of runs to get, but we had a reduced target. No-one made a big score and that put the lower order under pressure."
Atherton's one remaining target is to level the Ashes: "We've a week to go before our next game. We're going to Melbourne and take two or three days' rest before practising for the four-day game against Victoria starting next Friday. Then we must try to get something out of the last two Tests."Reuse content