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Australia selector Rod Marsh laments deplorable batting

London: Australia's national selection chairman Rod Marsh yesterday identified the team's middle-order batting as its gaping weakness which cost them the coveted Ashes series against England with a Test still to go.

Rod Marsh
Rod Marsh 

Head coach Darren Lehmann has admitted selection blunders and has called upon Australia's batsmen to become "more selfish" and to bat for longer periods.

Australia lost the five-match series 1-3. The fifth Test begins on August 20 here.

"Our blokes scored more runs than their (England's) top-order, but our middle-order scored no runs and that was the big differential — we just didn't score any runs in the middle. If you have a look at our first innings batting it's been deplorable, it's all you can say," Marsh was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

"How the hell do you (foresee) that, how do you see some of the best batsmen in the world make no runs in the first innings of four Test matches basically. It just staggered me."

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