New-look Aussies copped a lot, says Darren Lehmann

Updated: Nov 29, 2016, 10:27 IST | AFP

Australia coach Darren Lehmann said his players "copped a lot" of criticism before they emphatically halted a run of Test defeats against South Africa, adding that he'd love to keep his new-look team together

Darren Lehmann
Darren Lehmann

Adelaide: Australia coach Darren Lehmann said his players "copped a lot" of criticism before they emphatically halted a run of Test defeats against South Africa, adding that he'd love to keep his new-look team together.

Lehmann said he was delighted for the experimental side, which featured five changes including three debutants, as Australia's selection gamble paid off in the third Test against South Africa.

"Well, we won," he said, when asked what the difference was compared to the first two Tests, which left Australia on the verge of their first ever home Test series whitewash.

"I'm just pleased for the players. The players have copped a lot over the last few weeks and they've responded really well.

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