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Lehmann praises gutsy Warner, Handscomb

  • Published at 09:06 pm September 5th, 2017
Lehmann praises gutsy Warner, Handscomb
Australia cricket team coach Darren Lehmann praised the two unbeaten batsmen David Warner and Peter Handscomb for their unbeaten third-wicket partnership in hot and humid conditions and admitted that they need to start fresh on Wednesday to build on their good work from Tuesday. “It was a really gutsy performance, obviously it's pretty hot out there, we saw that [Tuesday] and you have to work really hard for your runs. So to get through and the way they played was excellent. They're in the ice baths now and we'll leave them with the medical team to get them right for [Wednesday]. Very special day and hopefully [Wednesday] they can kick on. We've played well [Tuesday] but [Wednesday] is another day,” Lehman told the media at the post-day press conference. The wicket was a bit different compared to the Dhaka Test as there is not much turn and bounce but Lehmann believes the ball will turn as the game goes on, just like typical sub-continent tracks.

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“From the first Test, a totally different wicket, but that’s not our choice. That’s what Bangladesh want to do, they’re well within their right. I thought it would turn more, no doubt. Obviously (they) beat us on a pretty big turner in the first Test but it’s played pretty well so far. I think it’ll break up and still turn as the game goes on. It’s like more of a traditional sub-continent wicket,” the bald headed coach explained. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon bowled superbly throughout the innings and picked up seven wickets. The coach is pleased with Lyon’s consistency, particularly in the sub-continent, and congratulated him for overtaking Jason Gillespie as one of Australia’s highest wicket-takers in Test. “It was fantastic (Lyon’s bowling). Obviously he's just getting better and better in these conditions. Changing his variations and growing and growing as a bowler. Overtaking Jason Gillespie is a pretty mean feat for a finger-spinner. He's really growing as a leader in our pack, if you like, in these conditions. He's made subtle changes - I think he said 'bowl ugly' - and that's what he's been prepared to (do). Fifty runs down and he put the ball in good areas more often than not so I've been really pleased with his consistency and the way he's changed,” said Lehmann.