Haddin refused to single out any players for criticism after a rare
off day in the field for a team that sets itself high standards in that
His comments appear to be an attempt to maintain morale in the
Australian camp who are riding high after winning the first two Tests.
It seems unlikely that the fast bowlers who bent their backs all day
to create opportunities will agree with Haddin's assessment.
Haddin said in the post-play press conference: "I'm happy to take the
responsibility, but I think just today what was really disappointing
was the times we put them down, especially the one there at the end, the
first ball with the new ball.
"We know if we can get into the England tail, especially with that new ball, it can happen really quick.
"It was disappointing to put those ones down especially the way our quicks worked, I thought they did a really good job.
"They hit the wicket hard, there were some uncomfortable times for
the English batsman to get through, but we've just got to catch better
behind the wicket."
Mark Stoneman was dropped twice in the space of two Josh Hazlewood overs with Mitchell Marsh and Nathan Lyon the guilty parties.
Marsh and team-mate Cameron Bancroft dropped straight-forward slip
catches with the latter moving in front of skipper Steve Smith when
Dawid Malan had 92 in what could prove to be the most costly miss.
Haddin said of the drops: "Maybe they got caught out with the pace of
the wicket but it was the two WA boys, so they should be used to what
the wicket does here.
"(It's) just one of those days.
"Test cricket does funny things, they're two younger players, maybe
they got a bit nervous about playing at home, but it's just one of those
"We've just got to sit down, assess what happened today and quickly move on and get ourselves back into this game."
England are 305 for four overnight needing to avoid defeat in Perth to keep hopes of retaining the Ashes alive.