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Video: Australia's coach says they need to make a lot of runs after being reduced to 75 for 4

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News 11 Jul 2013, 11:16 IST
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Australia coach Darren Lehmann reflects on an up-and-down day for his team in the first Ashes Test.

The visitors bowled out England for 215, only to be reduced themselves to 75 for 4 by the end of play at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

(on the state of the game, England having been bowled out for 215 and Australia closing the day at 75-4):

“Pretty even-stevens, isn’t it? Tomorrow’s going to be a pretty big day, as most of the days are throughout Ashes series, so we have to bat well tomorrow, we know that. I thought they (England) bowled really well tonight, probably better than we bowled with the new ball to be fair, but that’s something we can improve upon, which is good as well. We managed to bowl them out for 215, which was outstanding in the end, and then they bowled really well tonight, so we have to bat well tomorrow and make a lot of runs.”

(on Peter Siddle‘s five-wicket haul):

“Yeah, I think we needed that experienced head in the end, didn’t we. The young guys – again, it’s the first day of an Ashes series, so it’s pretty big, so…. for the younger guys, they probably got over-excited I suppose, with a new ball more than anything else, and they understand that, and we as a bowling unit and a team have just got to get better at…. analysing those moments, but Peter (Siddle) stood up when it counted and did really well. I mean (five wickets) first day and led the attack as we expect him to do and got some really crucial wickets. So, really pleased for him.”

(on the standing of both sides’ batting line-ups):

“I think both batting sides will be a little bit disappointed on that wicket I suppose. Conditions were certainly favourable for swing bowling though, and I think both sides got the ball to swing all day. So, that was interesting. On a reasonably flat wicket we were going to bat, as they did, so hopefully it’s a bit sunnier in the morning and then cloudy in the late afternoon if we are bowling again.”

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