‘It was a disappointing day without a doubt’, admits David Saker

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“At 143-5 we had a chance to take the game but we let it slip and we haven’t been as good as [we] had been”

England bowling coach David Saker has admitted that “it was a disappointing day without a doubt” after the tourists allowed Australia to go from 143/5 to 326/6 on the first day of the third Ashes Test in Perth.

With Australia reeling at one point, England took their foot off the pedal and Australia batsman Steven Smith capitalised by scoring his second Test century, while wicketkeeper Brad Haddin smashed a half-century.

“It was a disappointing day without a doubt, for all of the bowlers really,” Saker told Sky Sports. “We pride ourselves on being able to restrict teams scoring and putting pressure on teams but we found it hard today.

“At 143-5 we had a chance to take the game but we let it slip and we haven’t been as good as [we] had been.”

Saker also pointed out that England’s pace attack kept getting their lengths wrong.

“We probably didn’t bowl the areas we would have like,” he said. “We had a chance to put some really good pressure on them but we didn’t really take that and probably bowled a little bit too short.

“We probably got a little bit too excited but that isn’t good enough. We usually adapt really well but we didn’t do that.”

Saker even hinted that England made some wrong decisions when putting their squad together.

“We assess that all the time and try to make sure we get selection right,” Saker said. “Like everything, we make mistakes, like cricketers make mistakes.

“We could have made a mistake this game but I’m sure if our bowlers bowled to their capabilities we wouldn’t have got it wrong. We picked the side we thought would get 20 wickets and I still think we can.”

Despite being disappointed with England’s performance, Saker remains confident that they can turn things around tomorrow.

“I don’t think we should blame anything,” he said. “We go out as a group, as a bowling coach I have to put out a team to do a job and the bowlers have to do that job.

“It is international cricket and it is tough. We have to be ready every time. Today was disappointing but the game is still alive, there are four days left.

“The last thing we want to do is think that this is the end of the game we going to come back tomorrow and fight to get these four wickets as quick as we can.

“Hopefully we can restrict them to under 400 and then bat really well.”

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