England batting coach Gooch defends side's `go-slow` tactics in Oval Test

Sydney, Aug 25 (ANI): England batting coach Graham Gooch has defended the Ashes hosts' 'go-slow' tactics during the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval, which has come under a lot of flak despite England winning the series at 3-0 up.

According to News.com.au, rain washed out the entire fourth day, ensuring a draw, but England has managed to score at just two runs an over in its first innings, to resume at 4-247 on Sunday, still 245 behind Australia's 9-491 declared.

Defending England's tactics, the former England captain said that his side had not deliberately set out to bat slowly, adding that in some grounds, conditions make it more difficult to score than at others.

According to Gooch, although England would have liked to score faster than they have been doing all this while in the Test, they however, want to compete and play tight, although they failed to move the score along fast as they would have liked.

However, Gooch further said that such things are not uncommon in Test cricket as sometimes a team can score 300 in a day, although at other times, it takes more hard work.

Gooch also said that the best a player can do is to go out and put his everything, adding that if a team ends up in the front at the end of the series, it means that they have played decent cricket. (ANI)


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