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Ashes Glenn McGrath: Australian quicks bowled too full

Australia's most prolific Test paceman Glenn McGrath slammed the tourists' quicks after a torrid day-one effort in the fourth Ashes Test.

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Glenn McGrath said Australia's pace bowlers failed to allow for significant movement, in the tourists' abominable performance in day one of the fourth Ashes Test on Thursday.

McGrath was the most recent bowler to snare an eight-for in an Ashes Test before England's Stuart Broad - leading the line in Jimmy Anderson's absence - decimated the tourists at Trent Bridge to snare 8-15 in 9.3 overs.

And McGrath, who took 563 Test wickets in 124 matches, said the Australians should have taken a leaf out of Broad's spell after Michael Clarke's side were all out for 60.

"You look at the way Stuart Broad bowled, hitting the wicket, top-of-off, just outside," McGrath told cricket.com.au.

"I don't think too many of our boys are doing that, they're getting it up and swinging, they're probably pitching it up a little too much on a wicket that's offering a little bit of sideways movement. That sort of negates that.

"Mitchell Johnson swings the ball, so does Mitchell Starc. I thought Josh Hazlewood might have hit the deck a bit more but he's getting the ball up and swinging it as well, which is a little bit curious.

"Unfortunately they haven't adapted to the conditions, a bit like [the] batsmen."

McGrath conceded having just 60 runs to defend left the quicks in two minds.

"It's a little bit of both now. To get blasted out for 60, it doesn't help the confidence and especially with the state of the series with a few guys struggling for runs," he added.

"They have to try and turn it around now. Technically, they have the wait for the ball to come a bit more.

"They went a little hard at the ball and you can't afford to do it on wickets like this.

"If you go too hard at the ball you're going to start nicking them and that's what Australia did."

Australia begin day two 214 runs in arrears of England, who have lost only four first-innings wickets.

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