The Ashes: England bowling coach David Saker backs James Anderson

England bowling coach David Saker conceded that James Anderson's dry spell was hurting the team as it struggles to hang onto the Ashes.

updated: December 13, 2013 18:44 IST
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Perth: England are confident bowling talisman Jimmy Anderson will regain his best form, despite another wicketless day for the seamer as Australia took the honours on the opening day of the third Test in Perth.

Anderson bowled well at times on a bouncy WACA wicket, but got little swing and finished with 0-44 from 17 overs as Australia recovered from 143-5, thanks largely to an unbeaten Steve Smith century, to be 326-6 at stumps in a match where victory to the home side will secure the Ashes.

Anderson has taken only 17 wickets at just under 46 runs apiece in his past seven Tests, since bowling England to victory in the first Ashes Test of the English summer at Trent Bridge in July with 10 wickets for the match.

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