Three Lions are on the back foot with rookie bowlers coming under fire.
England bowling coach David Saker is backing the selections of Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan after Australia posted a commanding first innings total after day two at The Oval.
The home side has come under fire for tinkering with its line-up when they had the chance to hand Australia a 4-0 series thumping.
Woakes and Kerrigan combined for one one wicket, when the fast-medium bowler got rid of fellow debutant James Faulkner.
Kerrigan returned the figures of 0-53 off eight overs, with the left-arm tweaker exposed as still being a Test bowler in the making.
England resume their first innings on day three of the Test at 32-0, still 460 runs behind Australia’s first innings.