14 Dec 2017

Bond cops criticism for England's Ashes woes

7:13 am on 14 December 2017

The England bowler James Anderson has laid some of the blame for the side's second test Ashes loss at the door of former Black Cap Shane Bond.

Australia made the most of England's short bowling to compile 442 for eight in the first innings of the day-night Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval.

In a column in the Telegraph Anderson wrote "we should have bowled a touch fuller. It was an oversight from the players on the field, but also from the coaches who could have had an input too, which is frustrating."

England coaching staff including Shane Bond have copped criticism from a frustrated James Anderson.

England coaching staff including Shane Bond have copped criticism from James Anderson. Photo: Photosport

Bond was the side's bowling coach for the first two Ashes tests but has now left the squad to resume his coaching role with the Brisbane Heat in Australia's Big Bash Twenty competition.

However England captain Joe Root felt attributing blame to the likes of Bond was harsh.

"I think the relationship has been really good," Root said of the bond between players and coaches.

"I think we got it wrong on the field. It's easy to look back and say, 'Go on and try and bowl that little bit fuller'. We all knew that was the case.

"I think it's probably slightly harsh to put the blame on the coaches. It might not be exactly how he (Anderson) wanted that to come across in the way it did."

Shane Bond.

Shane Bond. Photo: Photosport

"Ultimately us guys out on the field are responsible for what we're doing out there, and we have to be smarter and react quicker."

Root accepted responsibility for not alerting his bowlers to bowl fuller.

"You've got to pick up on these things quite quickly, and as a group you've got to adapt," Root said.

"It's a lesson we've definitely got to learn for this surface, and make sure that we find that right length which is going to cause Australia as many problems as possible."