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Australia name unchanged squad for Hobart Test

The outcome of the first Test against South Africa at the WACA in Perth will have no bearing on the squad picked for the second Test in Hobart, as Australia will play an unchanged side, head coach, Darren Lehmann confirmed on Sunday (November 6).

Australia, on day four, find themselves on the mat after South Africa batted themselves into pole position. That after, Australia bowled the visitors out for 242 in the first innings but themselves collapsed to being bundled for 244. Australia failed to capitalise on Dale Steyn being ruled out of the series with a shoulder injury and squandered their hold on the game after having been 158 for 0 at one point.

They then collapsed against the pace of Vernon Philander and spinner Keshav Maharaj, before the South African batsmen took their lead above 400 with JP Duminy and Dean Elgar scoring stunning centuries on the third day.

"We spoke about that, probably not playing their natural games at times, especially to the left-arm spinner getting the field back," Lehmann told ABC Radio. "So we probably were a bit too timid at times and not looking to score and rotate the strike. Having said that they did bowl well, and we didn't counter it well enough.

"They do all the prep, they're great young men, they're trying to do as well as they can for Australia each and every time, it's just a case of little mental lapses at times. Collectively we're always pretty positive, but stats will show we haven't batted as well as we would have liked the last few Test matches. There's no hiding the fact we've got to bat better.

"There's always pressure when you're coaching your country or playing for the country, that's why the guys have got to where they've got to. They've been brilliant doing all the work behind the scenes and playing at the level below, now they've got to do it at this level. There's always pressure whether you win or lose, a lot less when you're winning."

An unchanged squad for the Hobart Test, which is scheduled to begin on November 12, would mean retention of players in the squad that have come under immense criticism because of their lack of deliverance. With their spot guaranteed for one other match, they would seek to validate their presence, given the long summer ahead.

Squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, John Hazelwood, Nathan Lyon, Joe Mennie.

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