England must win the Ashes to secure a second Ashes triumph in five years.
The England captain, Chris Woakes, said after the match that Australia would “absolutely” take the series and said it was “a massive challenge” but he also said that the team had to do “what is right for us and the country” to achieve success.
“I don’t think it is fair that we have a lot of players that are not doing the best job at the moment,” Woakes said.
“But it’s just the nature of the game, and we are not perfect, but we are trying to do the best for the team.”
We have a very, very good squad.
I think we can do it.
“Australia are very good, they’re a very good side and they have an outstanding manager.”
They’ve got a fantastic team spirit and a lot more quality than we have in this team, and I think that is a huge challenge for us.
“It is a big, big challenge for all of us.
It’s a big challenge, but it’s not one that is easy to overcome.”
Woakes said England’s “favourite” player was his captain, but added that England were not giving up on their goal of winning the series.
“The team are very proud of the effort that they have shown over the last three years, and that is really what is motivating us,” Woakers said.
“We are in a position where we can win another Test and that’s what we are hoping for.”
That’s a massive challenge for them and it’s a huge target that they can get to.
“Hopefully, it’s something that we can deliver.”
England, who are in the semi-finals of the Ashes series, face Australia in Perth on Monday and then travel to Australia to play the second Test in Adelaide on June 14.
Australia have beaten England at Lord’s twice in their last two Ashes series and the second match was their most-watched match of the series on TV.
Australia will hope to make up ground in their two-match series against England, who have won five of their last six Tests.
They have won eight of their previous nine Tests against England but were beaten 4-0 by New Zealand in the last-16 of the 2010 series.
England’s most recent defeat came in their semi-final clash against England at the Gabba, with the hosts holding a 13-10 lead at the end of the first innings.
England have won all three of their series against Australia at home, losing only once in the two Tests they played at the MCG.