Ashes 2013-14: Graham Gooch rues England batting mistakes as Australia close in on whitewash
Graham Gooch admits avoiding an Ashes whitewash will be "really tough" following another batting collapse in Sydney.
Last Updated: 04/01/14 11:28pm
Australia lead by 311 runs with six second-innings wickets remaining after the tourists were skittled for 155 at the SCG.
Gooch believes a number of "basic errors" has cost England throughout the series and recognises that getting anything from the fifth Test will be extremely difficult.
"It's going really tough from here on in because this is not the flattest of pitches," he 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."
England's senior batsmen at the top of the order faltered badly on Saturday as England were reduced to 23-5 before Ben Stokes led a mini-recovery with a defiant 47.
Gooch dismissed any suggestions his players have slacked off in their preparation but has been disappointed they have not been able to implement the team strategy.
He added: "You can go through every dismissal, but generally we've not been making the right decisions.
"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."