Ashley Giles has sounded a note of caution amid England's Ashes celebrations and warned of a determined response from Australia in the series decider at The Oval next week.
Giles, 32, was a central figure in England's dramatic three-wicket fourth Test victory at Trent Bridge last night, surviving four long overs to hit the winning runs and give England a 2-1 lead in the compelling series.
The victory has sparked cricket fever throughout the country as fans hope to witness the end of a long wait for Ashes success, providing England avoid defeat in the final Test starting on September 8.
But as dominant as England have been during the last three Tests, Giles is not about to discount Australia and the possibility of them mounting a late fightback and retain the Ashes once again.
"We've put them under pressure and we've beaten them, but there's still a lot of cricket left to be played at The Oval and we've got to be ready for it," stressed Giles.
"Our position hasn't really sunk in yet. We've come a long way since Lord's when we were told Australia were going to win 5-0 and now we're 2-1 up in the Ashes.
"They've been winning for the last ten years and they've played some great cricket, but we've put them under pressure and competed and forced them into a situation now where they're a little bit worried."
England only need to avoid defeat at The Oval to recapture the Ashes for the first time since Mike Gatting's side won in Australia in 1986-87, leading some critics to urge England to play a defensive style of game to ensure they could not lose.
It would be in stark contrast to the style of cricket both sides have played throughout the series and Giles does not believe England either could or should change to suit the situation.
" It's dangerous if we change," he stressed. "We have to play the way we've played for the last three games. We have to be positive, try and get big scores and then put them under pressure."
Fellow tail-ender Matthew Hoggard, who hit a crashing cover drive off Brett Lee in the penultimate over as they chased 129, claimed the calmest place to be during the dramatic finish was out in the middle.
"I think people have been calling me the world's most boring batsman, so it's nice to be able to score some runs," added Hoggard. "Normally to score eight runs takes me a session and a half. It was very nervous in the dressing room.
"As soon as I got out there I just thought our destiny was in our own hands and it was nice to be out in the middle rather than watching from the balcony."
England coach Duncan Fletcher is keen to hear a positive medical report about Glamorgan seamer Simon Jones, who injured his right ankle at Trent Bridge, before they sit down to choose the squad for the fifth Test.
He wants to give Jones as long as possible to make the September 8 start of the final match so England can retain the same squad that has guided them into such a dominant position.
"I'm not confident he will play," said Fletcher. "He'll be a huge loss because he seems to have one over on most of their batsmen, but hopefully he will play.
"It would be nice to go through a series when just 11 players have played all the games. If we were to go on and win that game, it would be nice for everyone to be there who has participated so far in the series."
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