Andrew Strauss admits the England batsmen have to share the blame for the below-par performance in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff and need to improve as the series progresses.
England’s bowlers have suffered most of the criticism from the media, after the home side battled hard on the fifth day to salvage, what looked for a long time, an unlikely draw.
But Strauss is well aware that England were second best in every department, with the top-order batsmen missing a trick in the first innings.
Having been 228-3, England failed to build on a solid start and eventually made 435 all-out – only due to some late-innings hitting from the likes of Graeme Swann, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad.
That score on a good batting wicket was made to look ordinary by the tourists, who wracked up 674-6 dec, with four Australian batsmen scoring three figures in an innings for the first time ever in the Ashes.
The England skipper is honest enough to admit that those higher up the order let themselves down in the first Test and need to deliver the goods in the forthcoming Tests – starting at Lord’s.
Strauss said: “If we’re honest with ourselves we need to learn from how we batted in the first innings.
“To score 336 for seven on the first day in hindsight wasn’t a brilliant effort and as batsmen we’ve got to take that on the chin and be determined to come out and make amends the next time we play.”
The opener knows the bowling must improve as well, with seamers and spinners alike struggling to halt the Aussie batting line-up.
Strauss added: “I think we probably need to get more balls consistently in the right areas and we weren’t able to do that, and maybe execute our plans a little better.”