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Darren Lehmann hails Australia as ‘entertaining’ in comparison to ‘dull’ South Africa

Darren Lehmann (right) and Michael Clarke have reintroduced the ruthless manners on-field in Australian cricket © Getty Images
Darren Lehmann (right) and Michael Clarke have reintroduced the ruthless manners on-field in Australian cricket © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Mar 7, 2014

Australian head coach Darren Lehmann has said that his men are not afraid to take risks and that is the difference between them and the South Africans, following Australia‘s 2-1 win in the three-Test series.

South Africa batted for the majority of the final day of the third Test at around two runs per over, fighting for a draw and unconcerned with the victory target of 511.

According to Sport24, Lehmann said that the Australian culture of aggressive cricket has helped win matches and attracted the crowds at home, adding that they are not afraid to lose and are happy to play cricket in the right way that entertains the crowd.

He said, “We’re trying to play the brand of cricket to win Test matches. The ways in which we always push for victory is important.”

“Obviously the crowd came in at the end of the day, but it was a pretty disappointing crowd for a couple days here in Cape Town.

“We want to get people coming through the gates, and if other teams want to play on flat wickets and make it dull, then that’s their choice,” he added.

Lehmann further said that it is the choice of other teams if they want to play on flat wickets and make the game dull, indicating South Africa. Meanwhile, Australian captain, Michael Clarke praised the mammoth effort of his bowlers in the second innings, finishing off the match with less than five overs to spare. South Africa beat the Australians 1-0 in Australia in 2012/13, but has not won a home series against the Baggy Greens since readmission, the report added.

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