Despite thrashing New Zealand in the first test at the Gabba, Australian coach Darren Lehmann is far from pleased. The outspoken Australian coach recently admitted that his side’s fielding was average at best, and there was the room to improve it further. Lehmann also spoke about the bowling and felt that like the fielding, the bowling could be improved as well.
“For us now it’s about getting back to Perth, making sure we are backing that performance up,” he said. “We’ve started well, but we’ve got to back that up — that’s the challenge for a young group, to back that up day in, day out.” Lehmann went on to term the Australian fielding as “a little bit sloppy”.
Lehmann also said that he was pleased by the way skipper Steve Smith handled the episode of Mitchell Starc’s unruly behavior on the field during the last few overs of the game. “I was very happy with the captain and the way he handled that,” Lehmann said. “He’s had a chat with Starc and that’s done and dusted from where I sit.” “They’re all great kids, they are all learning their way in international cricket,” he said. “You love to see the aggression, it’s just making sure it’s at the right time.”
The Australian coach, though, admitted that New Zealand could potentially bounce back, and said, “We know that they are a good side and we’ve got to play well again in Perth and certainly start the Test match well.”