Avoiding a 5-0 whitewash is going to be ‘really tough’, admits Graham Gooch

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“We’ve made too many basic errors”

England batting coach Graham Gooch has admitted that avoiding a 5-0 whitewash is going to be “really tough”, especially after the national team were bowled out for a dismal 155 by Australia on the second day of the fifth and final Test in Sydney.

Gooch also noted that England “made too many basic errors” during the second day.

“It’s going [to be] really tough from here on in because this is not the flattest of pitches,” Gooch told Sky Sports. “Having seen the pitch behave over the two days, (Australia’s) 326 in the first innings was way above par as a score in my opinion.

“As for us today – there were one or two decent balls and one or two poor decisions in terms of batting. That’s the way it’s gone all the way through the series, we’ve not been able to get to grips with their bowling.

“You talk about it, you give players insight and obviously there are meetings, but every man has to look at himself. You’ve got to apply your game, get out there and put that into operation.

“We’ve made too many basic errors. Generally good players in Test cricket get out lbw, caught behind and that sort of thing.

“In the earlier matches we’ve made far too many mistakes in terms of getting caught in the ring, caught mid-on, caught on the hook – those sort of areas, which has cost us dear.”

All of England’s senior batsmen failed to make a major contribution during the first innings and it was only thanks to Ben Stokes’ vital knock of 47 that the tourists were able to reach 155.

“You can go through every dismissal, but generally we’ve not been making the right decisions,” Gooch said. “I can’t fault the players for the way they prepare, the way they practise and the way they go about the way they go about their practice. Nothing has changed there really, but we’ve not been able to implement the plans.

“One of the things that I think has been crucial is that we’ve not been able to exert any pressure on the Australian bowling attack. If you’re up against a good bowling attack, you’ve got to find a way of putting some pressure back on them.”

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