London: England bowling coach David Saker has said he was disappointed with the performance of his bowlers in the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's.

Saker's comments came a week after England bowled out Sri Lanka within 25 overs for a dramatic win in Cardiff Test to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

'During the last 12 months we have set extremely high standards and the last two days have been nothing like those standards. There are some technical issues there as I saw this side bowl more balls down the leg side than ever before,' Saker was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph. 

'That is unlike this England team and Matty Prior had a hard job over the last two days wicketkeeping. That is usually a sign the bowlers are falling over and not jumping straight enough through the crease so we have to make sure we have a good talk to the bowlers who did that,' he said.

Saker stopped short of saying that England bowlers are complacent.

'The danger of being a cricketer is disrespecting the game. When you have really good days you sometimes become lackadaisical and we know in this game if you do that then it has a habit of biting you on the bottom pretty quickly.

'It's not happened in my time here but it is more of a subconscious thing. When you are bowling someone out for 80 you think it is going to happen again. I know the coaching staff and Andrew Strauss make sure we are on it for every session every time and make sure they are not (thinking) like that but cricketers can take things for granted. I don't think we did that. Execution was not as good as it might have been and Sri Lanka batted well,' he said.

Saker lamented the absence of pace bowling spearhead James Anderson, who missed the second Test with a side strain. Anderson, however, is expected to get fit for the third Test at the Rose Bowl.

'Jimmy has been outstanding and has been leading our attack so well. We expect him to bowl his first 16 overs for 30 runs and it sets the tone for us,' he said.

Saker fears that if the faults are not addressed, Indian batsmen would come down hard on them in the forthcoming series in July.

'We know the Indians will come at us hard but we will put things in place to make sure we are ready for that,' he said.

(Agencies)