Aussies will field same XI for Hobart Test


Australia coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed that he will field the same players for the second Test against South Africa in Hobart, no matter the Perth result.

At the time of writing, the Aussies needed an unlikely 539 runs to win at the WACA, after the Proteas dominated with the bat, but Lehmann felt this XI was up to the task.

He also said that the batsmen in his team had much to reflect on after their dramatic 10-wicket collapse on day two, but that they are staying positive.

Lehmann told ABC Radio: “We spoke about that, probably not playing their natural games at times, especially to the left-arm spinner getting the field back.

“So we probably were a bit too timid at times and not looking to score and rotate the strike. Having said that they did bowl well, and we didn’t counter it well enough.

“They do all the prep, they’re great young men, they’re trying to do as well as they can for Australia each and every time, it’s just a case of little mental lapses at times.

“Collectively we’re always pretty positive, but stats will show we haven’t batted as well as we would have liked the last few Test matches. There’s no hiding the fact we’ve got to bat better.

“There’s always pressure when you’re coaching your country or playing for the country, that’s why the guys have got to where they’ve got to.

“They’ve been brilliant doing all the work behind the scenes and playing at the level below, now they’ve got to do it at this level.

“There’s always pressure whether you win or lose, a lot less when you’re winning.”