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The Ashes 2013-14: Australia coach Craig McDermott credits bowlers

McDermott praises Australia bowling

Craig McDermott: Credited his bowlers' perseverance

Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott was delighted with the way his men fought back with the ball on day two of the third Ashes Test against England in Perth.

England restricted their hosts to 385 in the morning and began their reply in determined fashion - moving to 85 without loss before Michael Carberry edged Ryan Harris onto his stumps to trigger a mini-collapse typical of the tourists throughout this series.

Joe Root - controversially, Alastair Cook, and Kevin Pietersen followed as Australia gathered momentum towards the end of the day, and England reached stumps on 180-4 with Ian Bell and Ben Stokes at the crease.

McDermott was pleased with the way his bowlers warmed to the task, telling Sky Sports: "We started a bit rough with the ball, I suppose and not as full as I'd like. It wasn't the lines I'd like to see our guys bowling, either. We got our act together after the break.

"Short-pitched bowling is not the way to go here. As a group, we were disappointed how we started but we turned that around this afternoon. Everyone bowled really well and the ball was swinging for us too.

"The last three or three-and-a-half hours, we bowled really really well and those crucial wickets in the last session was a great end to the day for us."

Supporting cast

England's chief tormentor, Mitchell Johnson, was for once wicketless. The Australian paceman took an impressive catch at mid-on to send Pietersen (19) back, but McDermott was quick to praise the contributions of Johnson's supporting cast.

He added: "Watto (Shane Watson) is back to his best now and Nathan Lyon picked up Cook this afternoon from a cut shot with a bit of bounce - which is the second time in the series that's happened now.

"Everyone keeps chiming in with wickets for us and it's just a really good all-round attack from my point of view.

"As an ex-tail-ender, I wouldn't be too keen on facing him (Johnson). Tomorrow morning, we've got to bowl well, start well as we finished well today with the old ball. We'll hopefully get a wicket in those first 12 overs.

"I enjoy all facets of it (coaching). I like getting around the boundary and talking to guys and see how they're travelling and what plans they're thinking of. I just let them know that there's someone here that they can have a chat to."

On the continuing animosity between the two sides, McDermott said: "I think the contests have been really great and I hope it's something that never disappears from Test cricket. It's something I always liked to do as a bowler. I think it should stay and the guys are having a good time. It's good, aggressive cricket."