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The bowlers were either too short or too full and also strayed down leg-side too much, Glen McGrath said © Getty Images

Former cricketer Glen McGrath blamed the mindset of the Australians, suggesting that instead of getting their length and area right, the bowlers were trying to get the wickets on Day-1 of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston, following getting bowled out for a poor 136, with opener Chris Rogers being the top-scorer (52 off 153). At stumps, England had lost just three wickets and were trailing by three runs with Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root at the crease. Live Cricket Scorecard: England vs Australia, The Ashes 2015 3rd Test at Edgbaston, Day 2

According to a report from Cricket Australia, the veteran suggested that Australia’s effort with the ball at Edgbaston was “reminiscent of Cardiff” when the bowlers struggled to make an impact.

“Sometimes when you’re defending a small target you start going looking for wickets. I think Australia were guilty of that, of trying to knock England over and take wickets rather than get the ball in the right area and build pressure. There was only one maiden over in the whole inning so far and I think that says a lot about their mindset. They’re looking to take wickets rather than getting the ball in the right area, build pressure and then the wickets will come. READ: Mitchell Johnson emulates Shane Warne’s record for Australia

“The bowlers were either too short or too full and also strayed down leg-side too much. However, McGrath had no concerns relating to skipper Michael Clarke. He said that Clarke’s decision to bat first under the damp weather of Birmingham was absolutely right and Alastair Cook would have done that too, had he won the toss.

“Sometimes when you’re defending a small target you start going looking for wickets. I think Australia were guilty of that, of trying to knock England over and take wickets rather than get the ball in the right area and build pressure,” the legend added.