Ashes: England bowling coach David Saker disappointed after day one at the WACA
Bowling coach David Saker conceded England had let Australia off the hook during day one of the third Ashes Test.
Last Updated: 13/12/13 7:29pm
The tourists had moved into a commanding position as they reduced Australia to 143-5 after being asked to bowl first on a bouncy WACA pitch.
However a superb unbeaten century from Steve Smith, a dogged 55 from Brad Haddin and a late flurry from Mitchell Johnson saw Australia to 326-6 at stumps.
Smith (103no) and Haddin shared a sixth-wicket stand of 124, while Johnson added 39 not out late on to rub salt into England's wounds.
And Saker was left frustrated by his side's failure to build on their early pressure.
"It was a disappointing day without a doubt, for all of the bowlers really," he told Sky Sports.
"We pride ourselves on being able to restrict teams scoring and putting pressure on teams but we found it hard today.
"At 143-5 we had a chance to take the game but we let it slip and we haven't been as good as had been."
Saker admitted the pace attack of Stuart Broad (2-78), James Anderson (0-44), Tim Bresnan (0-72) and Ben Stokes (1-52) had been guilty of bowling the wrong lengths.
"We probably didn't bowl the areas we would have like," he said.
"We had a chance to put some really good pressure on them but we didn't really take that and probably bowled a little bit too short.
"We probably got a little bit too excited but that isn't good enough. We usually adapt really well but we didn't do that."
Saker added that England perhaps made an error in selection, with the fit-again Bresnan returning to the side ahead of Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin.
"We assess that all the time and try to make sure we get selection right," Saker said. "Like everything, we make mistakes, like cricketers make mistakes.
"We could have made a mistake this game but I'm sure if our bowlers bowled to their capabilities we wouldn't have got it wrong. We picked the side we thought would get 20 wickets and I still think we can."
Despite his disappointment, Saker is adamant England can turn things around on Saturday and kept alive their hopes of retaining the Ashes.
"I don't think we should blame anything. We go out as a group, as a bowling coach I have to put out a team to do a job and the bowlers have to do that job," he added.
"It is international cricket and it is tough. We have to be ready every time. Today was disappointing but the game is still alive, there are four days left.
"The last thing we want to do is think that this is the end of the game we going to come back tomorrow and fight to get these four wickets as quick as we can.
"Hopefully we can restrict them to under 400 and then bat really well."