Australian coach Darren Lehmann hit out at his batsmen after the tourists suffered a crushing 221-run defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai. Chasing 438, the Aussies were shot out for 216 as spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shahpicked up nine wickets between themselves in the second innings.
With the exception of David Warner, who made a fluent 133 in the first innings and Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson, who hit dogged half-centuries in the second, none of the other Australian batsmen could muster a fight against a Pakistani spin attack which was already hampered with the absence of Saeed Ajmal. Star off-spinner Ajmal is serving a ban over an illegal bowling action. (Pakistan Leapfrog India in ICC Rankings)
Lehmann blasted his batsmen for getting caught in the wrong foot while hitting the straight ball and stressed they had to correct their technique quickly.