After the whitewashes in the ODI series against South Africa and in the Test series against Srilanka, Asutralia team was not in a good condition before the test series against South Africa.
Their bad times became worst after the test had started as Australia is looking clueless in the recent test. But they are still not interested to make any changes in the teams.
In a recent interview to the BT sports radio Australian coach Lehmann said, “We spoke about the batsmen’s contributions, probably not playing their natural games at times, especially to the left-arm spinner getting the field back.”
He also said, “So we probably were a bit too timid at times and not looking to score and rotate the strike. Having said that they did bowl well, and we didn’t counter it well enough.”
Australian coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed an unchanged squad for the 2nd test in Hobart which will be started from November 12. That means, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill and Adam Voges will have another chance to prove.
In the test series against Srilanka, a similar thing was done and then they made few surprising changes for the final test. So, somewhere Australian management is doing something wrong in the team selection.
Lehmann said, “They do all the prep, they’re great young men, they’re trying to do as well as they can for Australia each and every time, it’s just a case of little mental lapses at times.”
Coach added, “Collectively we’re always pretty positive, but stats will show we haven’t batted as well as we would have liked the last few Test matches. There’s no hiding the fact we’ve got to bat better.”
Lehmann believes that this team can do well in near future but they need a bit time as taking the pressure of national team is not an easy job.
Australian coach said, “There’s always pressure when you’re coaching your country or playing for the country, that’s why the guys have got to where they’ve got to.”
Lehmann lastly said, “They’ve been brilliant doing all the work behind the scenes and playing at the level below, now they’ve got to do it at this level. There’s always pressure whether you win or lose, a lot less when you’re winning.”
1 David Warner, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Steven Smith (capt), 5 Adam Voges, 6 Mitchell Marsh, 7 Peter Nevill (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Nathan Lyon.