Ashes Adam Hollioake: England can respond in Ashes at Edgbaston

Australia are favourites to win the third Test this week, but Adam Hollioake thinks England can bounce back in Birmingham.

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Adam Hollioake believes England possess the character to recover from their Lord's drubbing when the third Ashes Test starts at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

After the high of winning the first Test in Cardiff earlier this month, Alastair Cook's men were given a reality check when Australia dished out a crushing 405-run hammering in London to level the series at 1-1.

The England selectors responded by replacing Gary Ballance with in-form Yorkshire team-mate Jonny Bairstow, with Ian Bell set to bat at number three on his home ground this week.

Australia are favourites to follow up their second-Test victory with another win in Birmingham, but former England all-rounder Hollioake is expecting a response from Alastair Cook's men in Birmingham.

He told Omnisport: "I think they can take a leaf out of the Australians' book and look at the way they bounced back after the first Test.

"They can hopefully look at the way both games have really been dictated by who won the toss, so I think they are the positives they can take out it as they try and get themselves together and not get too negative on themselves or listen to all the negative stuff being spoken.

"They've come back from the World Cup and they were written off. They have shown a bit of character already with the way they responded in the New Zealand series. I definitely think they can do it.

"It depends on the character of the English guys. We're back at 1-1, so it's like the start of a three-match series. It's now long that everybody was saying Australia need to make changes.

"Those players in the England dressing room have not become bad players all of a sudden, so this is a real test of the management as much as anything to see if they can raise the morale and confidence."

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