Pat Howard says that he should be held accountable for the series loss © Getty Images
Pat Howard says that he should be held accountable for the series loss © Getty Images

Australia’s high performance manager Pat Howard has publicly apologised to Australian cricket fans for the team’s collapse in Ashes 2015. Howard is next in line after Darren Lehmann (Australia’s coach) to have accepted responsibility for the terrible rout his side went through in the series. The officials said that they understand that the performance of the players in the series has been below par and they claim to have taken their first steps to find the cause of the disaster and the possible solutions. Howard says that he has spoken with the management regarding the same. According to Howard the pitches back in Australia have lost their sheen and grass and have become more or less flat batting tracks. READ: Australia plans to introduce English Duke ball in Sheffield Shield cricket

Howard in a conversation with dailytelegraph.com.au said that since most young batsmen play on these batting tracks they get more and more accustomed to play on pitches which are conducive to batting only. Having played only on such tracks from their youngest years they find it very difficult to play under swinging conditions; since they have not been exposed to pitches where there is uneven bounce, movement and pace in club and first-class cricket.

Howard accepted his responsibility in the loss and said that his pushing for an older team for the series and exhausting pace bowler Ryan Harris into retirement was his own folly. “I need to be reviewed and I have absolutely no problem with that. Clearly I have got to take leadership over this. We lost and someone is accountable and ultimately I am accountable,” Howard said.