Aus­tralia prom­ise no let up for N Zealand

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SYD­NEY: Coach Dar­ren Lehmann has promised no com­pla­cency af­ter Aus­tralia’s solid vic­tory over New Zealand in the first Test, say­ing yes­ter­day that his young team needed to do it all again in Perth. Aus­tralia crushed New Zealand by 208 runs in the first Test at the Gabba on Mon­day and now head to the WACA ground one up in the three-match se­ries as the Ki­wis man­age sev­eral in­juries.

Lehmann said the new-look Aus­tralian team, miss­ing vet­er­ans such as Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Shane Wat­son, played well in Bris­bane but there was room for im­prove­ment.

“For us now it’s about get­ting back to Perth... mak­ing sure we are back­ing that per­for­mance up,” he told re­porters in Bris­bane. “We’ve started well but we’ve got to back that up-that’s the chal­lenge for a young group, to back that up day in, day out.” Lehmann said the Aus­tralians needed to im­prove their field­ing which he said was “a lit­tle bit sloppy” as well as put more pres­sure on the New Zealand open­ers with the new ball.

He said he was im­pressed with new skip­per Steve Smith and how he dealt with pace­man Mitchell Starc, who was fined half his match fee by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil for throw­ing a ball dan­ger­ously at New Zealand bats­man Mark Craig.

Un­lucky to miss out

“I was very happy with the cap­tain and the way he han­dled that,” Lehmann said. “He’s had a chat to him and that’s done and dusted from where I sit.” Aus­tralia had the match well in hand with the New Zealan­ders one wicket away from de­feat when Starc im­petu­ously hurled the ball in Craig’s di­rec­tion af­ter the Kiwi had smacked him for two suc­ces­sive fours. Lehmann said Starc, 25, had to find his “happy medium” on the field. “They’re all great kids, they are all learn­ing their way in in­ter­na­tional cricket,” he said. “You love to see the ag­gres­sion, it’s just mak­ing sure it’s at the right time.”

Lehmann said a de­ci­sion on the fi­nal team for the sec­ond Test would be made af­ter an in­spec­tion of the pitch later yes­ter­day.

“If it (the line-up) changes, it changes, but ob­vi­ously some­one is go­ing to be un­lucky to miss out again,” he said. New Zealand, who suf­fered the du­bi­ous dis­missal of Bren­don McCul­lum in the sec­ond in­nings at the Gabba, head to Perth with a ques­tion mark over pace spear­head Tim Southee, who has a back in­jury. His fit­ness will be as­sessed Wed­nes­day.

All-rounder James Nee­sham has al­ready been ruled out of the se­ries with back trou­ble.

“We know that they are a good side and we’ve got to play well again in Perth and cer­tainly start the Test match well,” Lehmann said. For his part, New Zealand coach Mike Hes­son said his team needed to be more ag­gres­sive in Perth, af­ter com­ing to Bris­bane “a bit un­der­done from a skill per­spec­tive”.

“We need more ag­gres­sive in­tent with the ball,” the Aus­tralian As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported him as say­ing. Hes­son said Southee was pro­gress­ing well but they would not risk him if he was not ready to play. “He is a huge part of our side and leads our at­tack but we are not go­ing to take some­one in un­less he is con­fi­dent he can play for us,” Hes­son said. The sec­ond Test at the WACA be­gins Fri­day.— AFP

AUS­TRALIA : This picture taken on Novem­ber 9, 2015 shows Aus­tralia’s pace­man Mitchell Starc (R) throw­ing a ball to­wards New Zealand’s bats­man Mark Craig. The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil fined Aus­tralia pace­man Mitchell Starc half of his match fee for throw­ing a ball dan­ger­ously at New Zealand bats­man Mark Craig. —AFP

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