Ashes 2013: Darren Lehmann disappointed with Australia’s batting

Ashes 2013: Darren Lehmann expresses his disappointment after Australia were bowled out for 128 runs on day two of the second Test

By Callum Orr

Darren Lehmann expressed his disappointment with Australia’s batting after the tourists were skittled by England for just 128 runs on the second day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.

On what is deemed to be a strong batting wicket, Australia fumbled their way to a disappointingly low run target.

But with the hosts not enforcing the follow-on, the visitors managed to take three late England wickets, including those of captain Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen, to give them a fighting chance of getting a result.

And although expressing his unhappiness at the poor effort with the bat, coach Lehmann expressed his relief at his bowlers fruitful closing spell.

“It’s a good wicket so it’s disappointing how we performed with the bat,” said Lehmann. “But it was a great fight back with the ball.

“We know we need to bat better over a long period of time, but we’ll learn from our mistakes. We’ll have to fight pretty hard tomorrow morning, try and bowl them out cheaply and then bat for 150 overs because this is a good track.

“The players might be a little low on confidence but they know what to do. Tomorrow is a different day and if we can win all three sessions we are back in the game.”

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