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Australia struggling to sustain pressure: Watson

BRISBANE: Australia have a problem sustaining pressure on opposition batsmen, allrounder Shane Watson admitted Sunday after his side let slip a huge lead against England.
Centurions Andrew Strauss (110) and Alastair Cook put on England’s highest ever partnership at Brisbane’s Gabba ground to lead the team out of trouble and overturn a 221-run first innings deficit in the first Ashes Test. The tourists finished the day on 309 for one, with Cook unbeaten on 132 and Jonathan Trott on 54, to hold an overall lead of 88 runs heading into Monday’s final day.
“I think it came down to not sustaining pressure for long enough and we weren’t able to do that for the whole day,” said Watson, one of six bowlers used by skipper Ricky Ponting to seek a breakthrough in the England batting. “We did it for little periods of time but unfortunately we couldn’t execute for long enough to really build the pressure on them.”
“It’s disappointing because of how well Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin batted yesterday to get us into a position but unfortunately it’s something we really haven’t been able to do for a period of time, which is to sustain pressure,” Watson said.

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