Toss plays an important role in determining the outcome of a cricket match. With the conditions playing a vital role, the team winning the toss has the chance of dictating the match more than its opposition. Several players and coaches in the past had opined to get rid of toss and the latest person to voice his support for the removal of the toss is Australian head coach Darren Lehmann after his team’s humiliating 3-0 series loss against Sri Lanka. Skipper Steve Smith lost all three tosses and as a result, his side ended up batting last on surfaces that assisted spinners and struggled to put a good performance.
“There’s certainly different wickets in different conditions, but I still harp on it – no toss,” Lehmann said on Thursday (August 18). “Get rid of the toss. That’s what I would love to see a change in the game.”
“But at the end of the day that didn’t affect us this series. We got beaten by a better side,” he said.
Except left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc, who took 24 wickets in the series, none of the pacers could perform consistently. In the spin department, Australia suffered a huge blow when they lost Steve O’Keefe due to an injury and was replaced by Jon Holland.
“Dutchy (Holland), you know, it’s an experience for him,” he said. “It’s the first time he’s played for Australia and he’ll be better for the experience. And Nathan (Lyon) has to be better, as we’ve said the last couple of times.”
However, the coach criticised the Aussie batsmen for their poor display with the bat. Apart from captain Steve Smith, no other batsman managed to score more than 200 runs in the series.
“We just have to wait and see what happens over the next couple of months,” he said. “Those guys (Burns and Khawaja) did really well in the summer and you’d think they’d be able to adapt (to conditions in Asia). Some didn’t and some did.
Lehmann said that his team will try to learn from their mistakes and they are already focussing on the next game.
“We should be reasonably embarrassed by our performance in this series, and that’s OK,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not hiding the fact we didn’t play well enough and we’ve got to improve. We’ve underperformed (but) all we’re worried about is actually the next match and learning from the mistakes you made. A lot of people will say we didn’t learn well enough this series and you can’t argue with that with the results. Is it a setback in terms of results? Yes, but the vision going forward is quite clear.”