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Haddin hopes for Australia response

14th December 2017, 17:14 by Gareth Freeman

Fielding coach Brad Haddin says Australia can still win the third Ashes Test despite a disappointing opening day for the hosts.

England put themselves in a great position after day one as they closed on 305-4 after winning the toss and electing to bat first, with Dawid Malan managing an unbeaten 110.

But Australia could wrap up a series win with two Tests to spare if they claim a victory at the WACA in Perth and Haddin feels they are still very much in contention.

The hosts dropped three catches and Haddin feels he must shoulder the responsibility for those errors rather than the players.

"I’m happy to take the responsibility but I think just today what was really disappointing was the times we put them down, especially the one there at the end, the first ball with the new ball," he told reporters after play had ended on day one.

"We know if we can get into the England tail, especially with that new ball, it can happen really quick.

"It was disappointing to put those ones down especially the way our quicks worked, I thought they did a really good job.

"They hit the wicket hard, there were some uncomfortable times for the English batsman to get through, but we’ve just got to catch better behind the wicket."

He added: "We’ve just got to sit down, assess what happened today and quickly move on, and get ourselves back into this game."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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