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Darren Lehmann said Australia had "under-clubbed"
in both their matches so far. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Our match awareness has to improve ---Lehmann
Darren Lehmann, the Australia coach, has said his
team had to develop better situation awareness in
the shortest format, an aspect that was missing from
their first two games in the World T20, against Pak-
istan and West Indies. Australia have two losses in
as many games and must win their last two matches,
including one against India today Sunday, and hope
Bangladesh beat Pakistan to have a chance of qual-
ifying for the semi-finals.
"I think we under-clubbed with the bat in both
games to be perfectly honest," Lehmann said. "I
think we needed 75 off ten [overs] in the first game
with eight wickets in hand. And our match awareness
has got to improve in this format. Again we got 178
[against West Indies] and we didn t bat very well.
Our top six have got to take the shoulder of that,
especially the times they got out, more so than any-
thing else. The last couple of balls off [Sunil] Narine s
over, those sort of things they ve got to get better
at. That s about learning, but in this tournament,
this format you can t afford to learn, you ve got to
Lehmann was also disappointed with the way Aus-
tralia had let themselves slip from strong positions
against both Pakistan and West Indies, which had
all but put them out of the World T20.
"We beat ourselves in these games. It s as simple
as that. Obviously credit to West Indies and Pakistan
but we should ve won both of those games. We ve
got only ourselves to blame.
"We had played pretty good T20 cricket at home
and then in South Africa just before we came here.
We were probably 70% in all three formats and it s
a good learning curve. But, as I said, you ve got to
win those games. We have got to be on the mark
each and every time, especially in this knock-out
format. You find out about some players in pressure
situations, which is good and bad for a coach and
a captain. At least we learned."
Lehmann also said that allrounder James Faulkner
would need to be wiser about the words he chose
while bantering with the opposition. Before the match
against West Indies, Faulkner s comment that he did
not particularly like the team brought out an aggres-
sive, in-your-face celebration from Darren Sammy s
men after their tense victory on Friday. Lehmann
also did not approve of West Indies wild celebrations,
saying it was not something Australia would
"From my point of view, James has prob-
ably got to choose his words a little bit better
but that s just part and parcel of the banter
of the game, isn t it? We re in the enter-
tainment business and if I could dance like
Chris Gayle I d be dancing every night of
the week," Lehmann said. "We play our
cricket hard and verbally that s what is going
to happen. But we play it fair. That s just
part and parcel. You live and die by the
sword, don t you? You win, you lose, you ve
just got to cop it and move on.
"At the end of the day, you re going to
get emotional with winning. We ve certainly
been through those stages but we re really
respectful of that as well. When you win,
you ve got to win in the right way and act
appropriately. If that s the way they do that,
that s fine. That s not our choice. That s
certainly not what we do. They certainly
dance very well though, I ll give them that."
Australia have lost wickets to spin in both
games so far, but Lehmann did not think
this was a weakness. When asked about the
challenge the Indian spinners would present
in their next group game, he said the expe-
rience of an ODI series in India last year
would help. "(It s) not a weakness, because
certainly spinners didn t get us out, we got
ourselves out. So we ve got some work to
do in that area, but that s like every area:
fast bowling, playing short-pitched bowling.
It s no different. The wickets certainly
haven t spun as much as we thought, so
that s no excuse for our batters.
"We re lucky enough that we ve played
some decent one-day cricket against India,
in India, not too long ago in October. So
we know them very well, and they know
us very well. It s going to be a great challenge
for our batters and bowlers to put a complete
performance together. If we do that, we can
compete with anyone in the world."
Australia v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur
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