Saturday 4 January 2014 

Video - England 'Gifted Too Many Wickets' - Gooch

England batting coach and former captain Graham Gooch says that England have fallen well short with the bat in The Ashes, and gifted their wickets on too many occasions.

Gooch, renowned during his playing days as somebody who seldom gave his wicket away, delivers a frank assessment of his side's shortcomings after losing the first four Tests in the five-match series.

Day two in Sydney saw them bowled out for just 155 and then end the day 311 runs behind.

"Our players have not met the challenge with the bat obviously," he began.

"We've not competed as we'd like to and we've not shown the skills that have been necessary.

"Test match players, generally good Test match players, LBW, caught behind, caught slip, but we've gifted too many wickets."

Just one England player - Ben Stokes, in Perth - has managed to score a century in the series so far and the top order disintegrated at the SCG as they fell to 23 for five.

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