Tuesday 13 August 2013 

Video - Lehmann Warns Underperforming Batsmen

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has warned his batsmen that their places in the team are at threat unless they improve their performances.

His criticism of their lack of application came after they were bowled out for 224 in their second innings of the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street, handing England a 74-run win that sealed the Ashes series for them.

After coming close at Trent Bridge, where they lost by 14 runs, Lehmann was disappointed that Australia lost nine wickets in the final session having been 109 without loss.

"We didn't learn from Trent Bridge from when we got bowled out in similar circumstances, so from our point of view the blokes have got to learn. If they don't learn then we will find blokes that will," he said.

"(At) one for 150 we were cruising weren't we? To give them some credit they bowled quite well but some of the shot selection was poor. One for 150 I thought we'd get them comfortably, two or three down. Hopefully one down."

That, however, didn't happen and with Australia 3-0 down in this series and facing five more Tests against England on home soil in a matter of months, Lehmann does not appear to be afraid of making some tough decisions.

"Our blokes have the skills to actually play the game - it's actually learning the game quickly and knowing what to do and when to do it.

"We are not doing that for short bursts which are really hurting us. If you look at the whole Test series, there's key moments in every Test match where we are well in front of the game and we let it slip. So we need to learn that.

"Getting back to the winning question - winning becomes a habit so we need to start winning and creating that. Once we do that, we will be fine."

Video courtesy of SNTV

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