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Dropping Khawaja, Burns for Sri Lanka Test justified - Darren Lehmann

Darren Lehmann said he will have a private chat with Usman Khawaja to address the issue
Darren Lehmann said he will have a private chat with Usman Khawaja to address the issue
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Australia head coach Darren Lehmann stated he had no regrets over dropping Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns for the third and final Test in their recent tour of Sri Lanka in Colombo.

In the first two games of the series, Khawaja scored just 55 runs at an average of 13.75 while Burns managed only 34 runs at an average of 8.50 following which they were dropped for the third game.

Recently, Khawaja slammed the team management saying he and Burns were made "scapegoats" for Australia's poor performance in Sri Lanka where they were whitewashed 0-3.

Lehmann saw the funny side of the comments from Khawaja.

"We have the GOAT," Lehmann said, referring to off-spinner Nathan Lyon's Greatest Of All Time nickname.

"And now we have the Scapegoat. I love these nicknames."

The former Australian star also assured that he will have a chat with the Queensland batsman privately and discuss the issue.

"He is not on the back foot," added Lehmann,

"(But) I will chat to him privately. "We would rather have these things played out between selectors and players."

The 46-year-old insisted that with the results not going Australia's way, they were forced to make changes and given the two batsmen's record in the first two games, Lehmann said he had no regrets over the decision.

However, he also assured that the performances in the sub-continent conditions will not count for selection in the home Test series against South Africa.

"Being on the selection panel for the Test match, it was warranted.

"At the end of the day, there were different conditions and those two guys weren't playing well enough - they averaged eight or seven in two Test matches.

"We had to change something, but that doesn't affect the summer at home.

"We have to work out what we think the best batting line-up is for the summer."

The three-match Test series between Australia and South Africa will kick-off on 3rd November in Perth.

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