The Ashes 2013-14: Australia coach Craig McDermott credits bowlers
Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott was delighted with the way his men fought back on day two.
Last Updated: 14/12/13 7:22pm
England restricted their hosts to 385 in the morning and began their reply in determined fashion - moving to 85 without loss before Michael Carberry edged Ryan Harris onto his stumps to trigger a mini-collapse typical of the tourists throughout this series.
Joe Root - controversially, Alastair Cook, and Kevin Pietersen followed as Australia gathered momentum towards the end of the day, and England reached stumps on 180-4 with Ian Bell and Ben Stokes at the crease.
McDermott was pleased with the way his bowlers warmed to the task, telling Sky Sports: "We started a bit rough with the ball, I suppose and not as full as I'd like. It wasn't the lines I'd like to see our guys bowling, either. We got our act together after the break.
"Short-pitched bowling is not the way to go here. As a group, we were disappointed how we started but we turned that around this afternoon. Everyone bowled really well and the ball was swinging for us too.
"The last three or three-and-a-half hours, we bowled really really well and those crucial wickets in the last session was a great end to the day for us."
England's chief tormentor, Mitchell Johnson, was for once wicketless. The Australian paceman took an impressive catch at mid-on to send Pietersen (19) back, but McDermott was quick to praise the contributions of Johnson's supporting cast.
He added: "Watto (Shane Watson) is back to his best now and Nathan Lyon picked up Cook this afternoon from a cut shot with a bit of bounce - which is the second time in the series that's happened now.
"Everyone keeps chiming in with wickets for us and it's just a really good all-round attack from my point of view.
"As an ex-tail-ender, I wouldn't be too keen on facing him (Johnson). Tomorrow morning, we've got to bowl well, start well as we finished well today with the old ball. We'll hopefully get a wicket in those first 12 overs.
"I enjoy all facets of it (coaching). I like getting around the boundary and talking to guys and see how they're travelling and what plans they're thinking of. I just let them know that there's someone here that they can have a chat to."
On the continuing animosity between the two sides, McDermott said: "I think the contests have been really great and I hope it's something that never disappears from Test cricket. It's something I always liked to do as a bowler. I think it should stay and the guys are having a good time. It's good, aggressive cricket."