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Darren Lehmann promises changes after Australia's series defeat to South Africa

Darren Lehmann promises changes after Australia's series defeat to South Africa
Darren Lehmann is disappointed with his team's performances
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Australian head coach Darren Lehmann has guaranteed changes for the third and final Test of the series against South Africa in Adelaide following their dismal performances in the first two games.

After losing the first game in Perth by 177 runs, Australia surrendered the series to the Proteas following their inning defeat in the second game in Hobart. This was also Australia's fifth consecutive defeat in the longer format with their batting department coming under a lot of criticism.

In the Hobart Test, Australia were bowled out for just 85 runs in their first innings and after being 129 for two in the second innings, they lost the remaining eight wickets for 32 runs and were bowled out for 161 with Kyle Abbott picking a six-wicket haul.

Barring Usman Khawaja, David Warner and Steven Smith, none of the Australian batsmen have even crossed 100 runs in the four innings and they are yet to score a century as compared to South Africa, who have three combined.

"We need guys in state cricket to really step and jump out of the pack," said Lehmann.

"I don’t think there’s anyone really doing that at the moment, that’s really averaging 55-60, things like that.

"So there’s obviously going to be questions asked in all different ways."

While the Australian bowlers will be granted a rest ahead of the third Test, the batsmen will be seen in action in the Sheffield Shield tournament in order to regain form.

Lehmann insisted that apart from Warner, Smith and the opening bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, the rest of the team had no guarantees.

"Outside of that, everyone's got to make some runs and take some wickets. It's a really important four days of Shield cricket," he said.

"You've got to have an eye to the future as well."

The final game of the series which will also be a day-night encounter will be played between 24th and 28th November.

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