Brad Barritt admits England must be more clinical against Australia
England centre Brad Barritt admits there is plenty of room for improvement when they take on Australia at Twickenham.
Last Updated: 12/11/12 7:58pm
England dispatched Fiji 54-12 in their opening autumn international, but several try-scoring chances went begging, something Barritt admits they cannot afford against the Wallabies.
"I think we know that we didn't execute 100% and every day you go out and train you try to be as clinical as you can," he told Sky Sports News.
"There were numerous opportunities that we created and the positive thing is that the team played with intent and a willingness to play with the ball.
"Ultimately we need to improve our decision-making and be more clinical."
His Saracens team-mate Chris Ashton will be available for the Australia game having served a domestic suspension, but Barritt says the winger should not expect to automatically be picked, particularly as his replacement Charlie Sharples scored two tries against Fiji.
"Chris is obviously a world-class player, he's proved in the last couple of seasons. However we've got strength in depth and the other guys have performed well," he said.
Barritt was full of praise for another Sarries star, Alex Goode who answered critics who believed Harlequins' Mike Brown should have been selected by winning the man-of-the-match award.
"He was outstanding - he backed up the form he has showed for Saracens in the past couple of seasons. His decision-making his awareness and tactical game were outstanding," said Barritt.
"At this point in time we have to take it week by week - we're not looking further ahead than Australia in the same way as we didn't look further ahead than Fiji last week.
"Australia are coming off the back of a big defeat in France so they will have a point to prove at Twickenham. It's huge - Australia, they are two-time World Cup winners so for me it would be a great afternoon for me if I play."