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Aus­tralian coach Dar­ren Lehmann be­lieves the re­cent crit­i­cism of his side is “war­ranted” af­ter an­other poor per­for­mance against South Africa. The home side were skit­tled for 85, thanks mainly to Ver­non Phi­lan­der’s 5-21, be­fore South Africa's bats­men com­bined to give the tourists an 86-run lead by stumps on a dra­matic open­ing day to the sec­ond cricket Test in Ho­bart. Aus­tralia have lost four con­sec­u­tive Tests, in­clud­ing a 3-0 de­feat in Sri Lanka, and coach Lehmann ad­mit­ted that their bat­ting was get­ting close to cri­sis point. “When you get bowled out for 85 it prob­a­bly is, isn’t it?” said Lehmann. “When you’re play­ing badly, you’re go­ing to cop it. There’s a lot of crit­i­cism out there that’s war­ranted.”

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