Lehmann: We need a better T20I schedule


Australia coach Darren Lehmann says they need to get their scheduling better if they want to have an impact on the next World T20 which will be played at home in 2020.

The Aussies were knocked at the Super 10 stage by hosts India in Mohali on Sunday with Lehmann's team unable to defend a target of 161, losing by six wickets with five balls to spare.

Australia missed some key players at the global tournament with the world's best short-format bowler, Mitchell Starc, and paceman Pat Cummins out injured.

However Lehmann refused to blame the injuries and instead said the Aussies need to prepare better as they only played one T20I in the whole of 2015 while they hastily had to schedule a series in South Africa before the World T20 started.

Lehmann: "You can have all the excuses under the sun. No Mitchell Starc, no Patrick Cummins, all that. But at the end of the day we weren't good enough and we've got to get better playing as a group.

"Scheduling is always the toughest thing for us, we know that. We've just got to make sure we've got enough games leading into a World Cup.

"It's a bit easier next time, because it's four years away so we've got plenty of time to schedule some more games, and the next one is at home.

"So wickets will be bouncing and they'll be nice and good wickets for everyone to play on so it'll be fine next time."