Lehmann: Our batting has to improve

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Coach Darren Lehmann demanded improvement from Australia, after England sealed a three-nil Ashes series triumph on the back of Sunday's rain-affected draw at The Oval in London.

Coach Darren Lehmann demanded improvement from Australia, after England sealed a three-nil Ashes series triumph on the back of Sunday's rain-affected draw at The Oval in London.

While the tourists' seamers enjoyed a solid collective performance, epitomised by right-armer Ryan Harris' 24 wickets in four matches and Player of the Series accolade, their batsmen struggled throughout.

"What we've got to do is play better. England outplayed us. We had our chances in the series and didn't take them. Our batting has got to improve, we know that. The exciting thing for us is we are on our way up and now we've got to keep improving," said Lehmann.

"From our point of view we've just got to keep learning those lessons and get better at home. The batsmen just have to score more runs, and we will hopefully put in a stronger showing next time.

Lehmann took the reins from former coach Mickey Arthur earlier this year – and will presumably remain in charge for November and December's return series in Brisbane and surrounds.

"It has been a great ride, I've liked every minute of it. We have to make sure we improve on the field and off it. When England come to Australia, we will try to implement improvement."

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