Despite the pair scoring their maiden test century in the first test against New Zealand, Lehmann has expressed his disappointment in their inadequate fielding and says it won’t be tolerated. The Queenslanders’ were singled out as coach Lehmann believes they were the serial offenders.
Burns’ performance at short leg gained a lot of scrutiny as he dropped two catches off of Mitchell Johnson, whereas Khawaja’s fielding has had some flaws throughout his first-class career. The Aussie coach described the fielding as “average at best”, and alerted the boys it will be back-to-basics, working overtime, and putting in the hard yards under the scorching Perth sun ahead of the second test.
“They’ve got to move better and field at the level you’d expect of International cricketers,” Lehmann said.
“There’s a bit of work coming up for the lads. We could’ve stopped a lot more balls that we didn’t.
“He’s (Burns) just going to have to do more work, (spend) more time on his fielding and probably Uzzy (Khawaja) to be fair.”
However, it’s not all ruins for the boys as they were selected ahead of Cam Bancroft and Shaun Marsh to get the Aussies back on track after Australia’s humiliating 3-2 loss to England at the 2015 Ashes. Lehmann said he is happy with the batting, but thinks there are some areas to improve in the bowling department.
“Our batting was very impressive, and I think we improved with the ball,” Lehmann said.
“I don’t think we bowled as well as we’d have liked. I don’t think we bowled with the new ball as well as we could’ve, and give New Zealand credit – they left well and made us work for it – but we’ve certainly got to get better in that area.”
The second test against New Zealand will take place at the WACCA in Perth this Friday. – Emma Kamil