Saker criticizes England bowlers for letting standards slip against Lanka

Last Updated: Jun 06, 2011, 12:08 PM IST

London: England bowling coach David Saker has criticized his fast bowlers for letting their standards slip during second Test against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka were 372 for 3 before rain wiped out the second half of the third day, 114 behind England’s total.

“In the past 12 to 18 months we’ve reached some extremely high standards - and the past two days have been nothing like those,” a newspaper quoted Saker, as saying.

“We’re disappointed. For the first time I’d say there are some technical issues there – I’ve not seen this team bowl so many balls down the leg side,” he said.

“What we’ve usually done is bowl together and we’ve not done that here – that’s the disappointing part,” Saker said.

But he insisted the absence of attack leader James Anderson through injury was no excuse.”We should not be hiding behind his absence – we’re better than that.”

ANI