Lehmann: Test defeat was a ‘minor hiccup’

Australia

After being on the receiving end of a comprehensive defeat to England in the first Ashes Test, Australia coach Darren Lehmann insists his side were well prepared heading into the contest.

Australia, despite being the overwhelming favourites before the match, lost by 169 runs inside four days in Cardiff but Lehmann said England just outlayed his team while the preparation was excellent.

The Aussie coach said they were not surprised by the attacking brand of cricket that England displayed, also described the defeat as a 'minor hiccup' and is confident his team will bounce back in the second Test at Lord's starting on Thursdy.

Lehmann said: "Our preparation has been excellent considering we came off the West Indies and the wickets were very similar, then the two tour games so they're good to go.

"It's a minor hiccup and now we've got to get back to it in four days time and play better than we have and show the discipline you require to make big runs on these type of wickets and bat a lot longer.

"They were better. Full stop. Better in all three disciplines – they caught everything. Yes they attacked, we knew that was going to be the case.

"I think that's the way everyone is starting to play which is great to see for the fans out there, I reckon it's a great spectacle.

"From our point of view, obviously a little bit disappointing with the way we played, but we knew they were going to be quite aggressive."

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