If you've got the axe hanging over your head always it is really hard to relax and play your natural game - Steve Waugh
These are harsh times for Australian cricket and Darren Lehmann's recent warning shot could do more harm than good in a time like this. "Blokes are missing straight ones, that doesn't help. We have to learn from our mistakes. If they don't learn, we'll find blokes that will," warned Darren. Perhaps he was just frustrated that Australia from 147 for one went on to lose the all-important Chester-le-Street encounter by 74 runs, chasing 299.
The dismissal of Usman Khawaja sparked a collapse that is painstakingly hard to explain.
Playing for their places
Half of Australia's batting problems are down to the fact that Khawaja, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin and even Shane Watson - as Lehmann puts it - are playing for their places in the team. That kind of pressure is never going to allow them to play to their best - as Waugh mentioned above.
Khawaja's lack of absorption, after heRead More »from No. 3 - The missing link