England bowling coach David Saker confident against Australia at Oval
England bowling coach David Saker confident Alastair Cook's side can battle back after finding his team 460 runs behind.
Last Updated: 23/08/13 7:05am
Cook and his team have targeted victory in the fifth and final Test which would seal a historic 4-0 Ashes Series.
Saker remained optimistic that this could still be achieved and said: "We're a bit behind at the minute but there's still a long way to go, (it is) a very good batting wicket so we hope we can push forward from here.
Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan made their debuts and endured a torrid time of it with spinner Kerrigan finishing with 0-53 from just eight overs while Woakes' 24 overs returned 1-96.
But Saker believed it was too early to judge the duo just yet, feeling conditions were not receptive for Kerrigan in particular over the first two days.
"It's pretty hard to judge the spinner probably on day one and today with the ball getting so wet he probably wasn't able to be used," he said.
"I thought Woaksey tried really hard and he bowled some really good overs in there so I think it's pretty harsh to just judge someone, first of all on that wicket and only two days into the Test match."
Saker was also quick to defend the selectors' decision to go with two spinners in Kerrigan and Graeme Swann, while also handing Woakes a call-up ahead of Chris Tremlett.
"We had a good look at the wicket and to us it really looked like it was going to spin as a group so we just probably decided to go down that track," he added.
"It's quite easy to stand there now and judge it after two days of cricket but I'd like to judge it after five days and see where we are."