Sydney: Australia remain convinced they are as good as England despite losing two of the last three Tests by an innings and failing to regain the Ashes, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said on Friday.
Haddin conceded England deserved to retain the Ashes but said Australia`s 267-run win in the Perth that was sandwiched between the innings defeats in Adelaide and Melbourne proved the Australians had not been outclassed.
"Our results haven`t been acceptable for us and for the people who are watching us," he told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. "It`s important this week that we put our best foot forward and start playing the brand of cricket we know we can play.”
"I think if you look at the result in Perth, we showed that we can compete and our best cricket is definitely good enough to beat this England team," he added.
"But at the moment, they`ve performed better than us throughout the four tests and they deserve to be in the position they are."
While it would not make up for the loss of the Ashes, there could be only one target for Australia when the fifth Test starts at the SCG on Monday, Haddin said.
"To win, plain and simple," he said. "We`re bitterly disappointed and it still hurts ... The bottom line is, we have lost the Ashes but we can still draw the series.”
"We will do everything we can to get the result we want and the Australian public deserve."
Haddin said his appointment as vice captain for the Sydney Test was temporary until such time as Ricky Ponting was fit to return as captain.
Ponting will miss the match as he recovers from a fractured finger and Haddin was convinced his New South Wales team mate Michael Clarke would do a "very, very good job" in the Tasmanian`s absence.
"We`re 100 per cent behind him and, being a good mate of mine, I`ll support him in any way I can," he said.
"He deserves to be in this position ... of captaining Australia because he`s the best man for the job now Ricky is injured."