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“This has been a poor performance from everyone involved”
England bowling coach David Saker has announced that “anyone on this tour should be worried about their job” following the national team’s horrendous performance throughout their tour of Australia.
England were whitewashed 5-0 during the recently concluded Ashes series and currently trail Australia 3-0 in the ongoing ODI series.
“I’ll be the first to say that anyone on this tour should be worried about their job,” Saker said. “We haven’t performed well enough unfortunately and we’re in the business of winning games of cricket. This has been a poor performance from everyone involved.
“I’ve had pretty much a fairy tale run until this tour and it has been a reality check for me. It is something that everyone in our group has to think about. I’m sure they will review everyone’s position and if they see fit to change me, well that is their position, but I’m very much committed to trying to change things around.”
Saker also conceded that he was extremely disappointed with pace bowler Steven Finn as he failed to represent England in a single game against Australia.
“It’s disappointing,” Saker said. “And I take quite a bit of responsibility because my job is to get him playing well for England and that hasn’t worked the way we would have liked.
“We’ve tried different things; he has worked extremely hard in the nets, as he always does. Some weeks we moved a long way forward and some weeks we moved a long way backwards. That was pretty much the story of the whole trip.
“We always want bowlers to be accurate and dry up runs but more than anything we just want him to run in and bowl the way he did when he first broke into the side.
“We’ve tried to tinker with certain things but we don’t do any major overhauls of actions. We did shorten his run up in New Zealand and it did work quite well but he didn’t feel comfortable with it and he went back to his long run. That was his decision.
“We keep working on different things but at the end of the day he has to decide what he wants. He has to sift through advice and see what is best for him. I’m sure he will bounce back and I’m sure it will be quickly. We want him to get better and are all trying to help him. You’ve got to trust your action and I don’t think he trusts it. Our job is to make sure he gets an action he trusts.”
Saker added that the national selectors definitely made a mistake by choosing bowlers for their height instead of their consistency.
“After the results we’ve had, you could say the selection was wrong,” Saker said. “It’s disappointing that one of the tall bowlers didn’t have a big impact. They didn’t put it together.
“People are looking for runs and wickets and looking for wrong things instead of just looking for how you played in the back yard with your mum and dad. That’s the way you want to play.
“Sometimes it’s not easy to say just run up and bowl; they do read things into it. The game is played a lot of time between the ears and you have to think really strongly about what is going into your mind.”
The 47-year-old was also fuming over England’s performance in the second ODI in Brisbane, which Australia won by one wicket thanks to all-rounder James Faulkner’s last gasp blitz of 69 off 47 balls, which included three boundaries and five sixes.
“It was a hell of an innings from Faulkner, but we handed a lot of those shots to him,” Saker said. “We could have bowled a lot better and I’ll put my hand up straight away. It was a poor finish to an ODI game and in a sense it has to be brought onto me because we should be able to finish an innings off like that and we should be able to close off the last two overs for less than 30, but we didn’t.
“That was as devastated as I’ve been since I’ve worked in this job because it was a game we should have won. We’ve been away for a long time and we haven’t won a game and that was a game no doubt we should have won and that really hurt. Not just the bowling group but the whole team. When you’re in the position I’m in you feel a lot of responsibility for that.”