Hopeless England admit bowling flaws

Updated: Dec 17, 2017, 11:27 IST | AFP

England conceded their bowling flaws were savagely exposed as Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh’s relentless batting on day three of the third Test in Perth on Saturday left the tourists praying for rain to salvage their Ashes hopes

England conceded their bowling flaws were savagely exposed as Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh's relentless batting on day three of the third Test in Perth on Saturday left the tourists praying for rain to salvage their Ashes hopes.

England assistant coach Paul Farbrace
England assistant coach Paul Farbrace

It was a horrendous day for the visitors, who must win or draw in Perth to keep alive their hopes of retaining the urn, but claimed just one wicket all day at a cost of 346 runs. England assistant coach Paul Farbrace said the weaknesses in the English attack, particularly in foreign conditions, were being cruelly exposed.

"I don't think we've learned anything from today that we didn't already know," Farbrace said in a sobering assessment of the English bowling unit. "We don't have that extra pace, we knew that coming into that series, and we haven't got the highest quality of magical spin," he added.

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