Ashes 2013-14: England have been outplayed, admits Graham Gooch
Ashes 2013-14: Graham Gooch admits England have been outplayed after Australia finished day two with a 311-run lead
Graham Gooch admitted England have been “outskilled” and “outplayed” after Australia edged closer to a 5-0 whitewash in the fifth Ashes Test.
England made a disastrous start as Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell were all ousted in the morning session to leave the tourists teetering on 23-5.
They have just outplayed us. We have not been good enough
All-rounder Ben Stokes produced another valiant knock of 47 to temporarily resist the Australian onslaught before England were bowled out for 155 in Sydney.
Michael Clarke’s men closed the day on 140-4 – a lead of 311 runs – and England batting coach Gooch urged the hosts to keep fighting in their bid to avoid a whitewash.
“We have not been able to get to grips with the Australian bowling attack. We’ve got one hundred in the series and that is not going to win you anything,” Gooch told BBC Sport.
“I can’t fault the players for the way they prepare and practice, but we have not been able to implement the pans and put some pressure on the Aussie bowling attack.
“If you just let them dominate it’s very difficult. You have to take it to them a bit.”
He added: “It’s going to be really tough from here on in. This is not the flattest of pitches and having seen it behave over the first couple of days 326 was way above par in my opinion.
“We can’t just give up. To me it looks like 250 would be a good score. I don’t think it’s a fear of failure. They have just outplayed us. We have not been good enough.”