England's coach, fortunate not to be disciplined for a heated verbal clash with a Zimbabwean cricket official after the drawn first Test in Bulawayo, admitted he was at a loss to work out where it all went wrong yesterday. "We have played very poorly. There is no disguising that and I can't explain it - I have had better days. We batted poorly on a pitch that demanded graft and patience. The one shot that was most dangerous was the drive - and we obliged.
"I can't explain why our batsmen kept getting themselves out. We have played on this pitch before and I thought we had got it sussed. It was slow and we had to be disciplined in our approach to batting. A total of 180 for 2 or 3 would of been acceptable today - and that's exactly what we wanted to do.
"Our bowlers in particular face a big task. But it's up to me and John Emburey as team management not to panic. We have to assess things and, of course, we have some work to do."Reuse content