The Ashes: Darren Lehmann tells Aussie batsmen careers are at stake

Australia coach Lehmann slammed the performance of his middle-order before indicating that only captain Michael Clarke and opener Chris Rogers, who made his maiden Test hundred in the first innings, were safe from the axe.

updated: August 13, 2013 17:01 IST
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Chester-le-Street: Australia coach Darren Lehmann on Tuesday warned his batsmen that their Test careers were in jeopardy after a stunning collapse saw England to a third straight Ashes series win.

The tourists, who had to win the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street to keep alive hopes of squaring the series, were well-placed in pursuit of a target of 299 at 147 for one on Monday's fourth day.

But they lost their last nine wickets for 77 runs in an extraordinary, albeit extended, final session as England, who had already retained the Ashes, won by 74 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead going into next week's fifth and final Test at The Oval in south London.

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