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Darren Lehmann confident Australia will only get better after India series

Darren Lehmann (right) also had high praises for Steven Smith (left)
Darren Lehmann (right) also had high praises for Steven Smith (left)
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Australia coach Darren Lehmann is confident that the team will become an even better unit following a tough Test series against India, who reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with 2-1 victory.

With a number of youngsters, who previously did not have any experience of playing in sub-continent like Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb in the squad, not many gave the Australian team a chance to compete in a gruelling tour to India.

However, Australia surprised the hosts with a 333-run win in the first Test in Pune, that too in spin friendly conditions - their first win in the Indian soil since 2004.

"They're young, they've been up against it, the pitches have been as we would expect," said Lehmann.

"There's a lot of learning in this group over this tour. They're all hurting and disappointed for the result but I'm really pleased with the effort and the attitude at trying to change the way we play here.

"He's led from the front, the captain. Three hundreds in four Test matches is pretty special."

The 47-year-old also credit the team for adapting to various challenges on and off the field.

"They have been excellent. There have been difficult conditions there is no doubt about it.

"They haven't whinged once, they've been just getting on with the game.

"They've copped a lot from Indian media and that's just the way it is over here. I've been pleased the way they have handled it."

Earlier, Australia captain Steven Smith said the team failed to grab the opportunities that came their way which could have resulted in a historic series win.

In the second Test in Bangalore, Australia let the game slip away after taking a massive first innings lead and in the third game in Ranchi, a marathon stand between Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha took the game away from the visitors.

In the final game in Dharamsala, Australia ended the first session at 130 for one and had a chance to bat India out of the series but instead a four-wicket haul from Kuldeep Yadav triggered the collapse and bowled out the baggy green team for just 300.

Lehmann insisted that the team did miss on the opportunity to create history but believes the series was a good learning curve for the youngsters.

"We have decided we are going a different way about the way we play.

"Obviously we're less aggressive than we have been in the past. And I'm pleased with the way they have gone about it. The young group will grow.

"They will get better. We weren't good enough in this series, there is no doubt about that. We missed big opportunities to win the series.

"But if they keep learning and keep growing and keep getting better, it is a group that can play a long time together. That's the pleasing thing."

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