Lehmann blasts below-par Baggy Greens


Australia coach Darren Lehmann pulled no punches as he gave his opinion of his team's performance on day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Sri Lanka took 11 Australian wickets on the day while losing ten of their own and Lehmann was deeply disappointed by the tepid performance of his charges.

Speaking after play the coach said: "Disappointing full stop the way we played. Not up to international standard on that performance today,

"Certainly haven't played as we would like. Sri Lanka have played well and we haven't. Can't complain about the preparation from the lads and the work ethic, it gets down to the pressure in the middle of a Test match and being able to cope with it, and at the moment, we haven't.

"Certainly, some blokes have to look at themselves and how they want to go about it in these conditions and how to succeed. We've talked a good game in the media and the press, how we want to play, but we're certainly not showing up at the moment.

"I can't put my finger on it really. It's up to the players to get there and do that. We give them as much info as we possibly can, we're pretty open in the way we want to play and the way we want to speak and all those sorts of things.

"It gets down to the players doing it on the ground, and at the moment, we're letting ourselves down as a group. So they know what they want to do, it's having the belief to do it and succeed. That's the biggest thing with Test match cricket, especially here on the subcontinent."

The Aussie batsman looked completely at sea, leaving straight deliveries and showing poor shot selection suggesting Sri Lanka have gained the mental edge over their opponents.

Australia appear to have a mental block about playing on the subcontinent after suffering big defeats in the UAE to Pakistan and being poor in India.

Lehmann continued: "Results will say we haven't moved on, won't they? It's pretty simple,

"So, from my point of view, and us as a group, we've got to get better, as simple as that. We've got to stop the rot. We've lost seven in a row, and tomorrow, we've got to play better to stop the rot.

"They know what they have to do, we've had lots of people who've played on the subcontinent help us out, so it's not as though they haven't got the knowledge or the knowhow to do it, it's actually doing it out there on the ground under the pressure.

"You get blame and that's what happens when you're a coach. If you play badly, you get blame, there's nothing wrong with that, that's part and parcel of professional sport. We've got to sit back and work out whether we're doing the right thing.

"I believe we are, we're just not implementing it on the ground. We've got to make sure we get the players doing what they're supposed to be doing, and if they're not, then we've got to find blokes that are going to."

Australia have no full-time batting coach after the departure of Michael Divenuto and with a tour to India looming they may benefit from somebody with knowledge of Asian wickets.

Lehmann added: "Still to be a full-time appointment there,

"Diva's left, Blewy's there doing it at the moment and Greg had a baby, so that's why he's not on this tour, so Stuey's come in to fit in there. That's something we'll have to look at after this series and all those things moving forward. No timeframe, but if we keep batting like this, it'll be a bit quicker!"

The coach acknowledged the efforts of Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon but blasted the bowling unit as well: "Disappointing, same as the batters, no doubt about that,

"Nathan Lyon's experience has been very good for us over a period of time, but his record on the subcontinent's not great. So he's got to improve, there's no doubt about that.

"Holland's playing his first game and going to be a little bit nervous, so you give him a bit of leeway there, but, end of the day, their spinners have certainly out-bowled our spinners."