Australia coach Darren Lehmann on Sunday admitted that they their batsmen would have a tough time against left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja on day five at Ranchi.
Jadeja claimed two quick wickets on Sunday to leave Australia in trouble at 23-2. Speaking about the challenge on hand, Lehmann was quoted as saying in a PTI report, “Going to have to come up with a plan to combat Jadeja but we’ve worked on that and you’ll probably see it tomorrow I would think,” Lehmann said after the penultimate day’s proceedings.
“They’ve got to believe in what they are doing as a group and a couple of good balls like tonight that can happen in a game of cricket. For us it’s a great challenge. The challenge for our group is to put on a couple of partnerships and really get ahead of the game,” he added.
Jadeja had done well to exploit the footmarks, and will be looking to continue the same on Monday, “It was a great ball that got Warner in the end. If they bowl 10 of those so be it. But we’ve got to cope with it as best as we can and come up with a plan and we’ve done a lot of practice in those conditions, so I’m really confident they can do the job and see how they go. It’ll be a great challenge for them,” Lehmann added.
Lehman further hoped his boys would replicate the innings played by Pujara and Saha on the final day. “Obviously we’ve got to save the game and worry about tomorrow first. It’s a case of obviously applying ourselves much like Pujara and Saha did today,” Lehmann admitted.
--By A Cricket Correspondent