England batting coach Graham Gooch has warned Alastair Cook's men to improve in all areas for the return Ashes series in Australia. The Three Lions dominated the ongoing series, already leading 3-0 and are on the verge of yet another draw after the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test was abandoned due to rain.
The hosts ended day three at 247/4 and bad weather meant not a single delivery was bowled on Saturday. Gooch, who is the second highest capped player in tests for England, has urged his side to be prepared for the conditions in Australia, when they make a trip Down Under.
"Our guys need to assess their game at the end of the series and I think one thing for definite is that we will be working very, very hard to make sure we improve when we go down to Australia - we need to improve. We know that to beat Australia in their own back yard we are going to have to be a lot better both with the bat and the ball," Gooch told Sky Sports.
"My philosophy on cricket is that you try to build a good side to take on any one in any conditions - that is the beauty of the game and the beauty of Test cricket, having a side that can win in any conditions - whatever pitches Australia produce we will be ready for that," he added.
Meanwhile, Gooch praised Australia's bowling attack in the last two test matches after the visitors were successful in mounting pressure on England batsmen. Despite their performance, Michael Clarke's men were unable to find a much needed win in the series.
"The Australian fast bowlers have bowled exceptionally in the last two or three Tests and have really put our top order under pressure so credit to them. You can't play the ideal game every day. We are the ones with three Test wins and they are the ones with nil Test wins," Gooch concluded.