Ashes: Lehmann calls for Aussie batsmen to step up

Australia coach Darren Lehmann Ashes series

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Australia coach Darren Lehmann says batsmen have to step up to plate if the Baggy Greens are to have any chance of turning around Ashes series.

Australia’s bowlers performed admirably throughout the second Test but could not prevent a crushing 347-run defeat as the batting line-up let the side down.

The result leaves Australia trailing 2-0 in the series with just three Tests to play and after being bowled out for 128 and 235 at Lord’s, Lehmann says it is obvious where they need to improve.

“We’ve certainly got to bat better, 55 overs in the first innings is not acceptable so we’ve got to get better at batting full stop,”

Lehmann said.

“I felt sorry for the bowlers, they only got three and a half hours off.

“The bowling’s fine we’ve just got to get our batting right, but we’re all going in the same direction so that’s the pleasing thing and at this time we’ve got to stick together as best we can.”

The third Test begins at Old Trafford on August 1 but Australia have a three-day tour match against Sussex at Hove beforehand and Lehmann says it will help with their preparations for Manchester.

“It’s probably more of a mental thing, making sure they’re ready to go, refresh as best we can, have a good time down at Sussex make sure we play some decent cricket and bat a lot longer than 90 overs if that’s possible, that’s probably the key for us,” Lehmann added.


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