Cardiff - Australia coach Darren Lehmann believes the fact there are only
four days between the first and second Ashes Tests will help his side recover
from their heavy defeat by England in the series opener.
Ashes-holders Australia lost the first Test with more than a day to spare as
England won by 169 runs at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens on Saturday.
The second Test at Lord's begins on Thursday and Lehmann said: "From
our point of view it's more of a case of a good, short turnaround for us.
"I think that's an excellent opportunity for us to get back in to it
and learn from our mistakes and play better next Test match around. Yes they're
one-up, but it's a long series as we know," the former Australia batsman
Australia have not won an Ashes series after losing the first Test since
their 1997 tour of England and indeed haven't won a Test series in England for
But Lehmann tried to downplay the Cardiff defeat by labelling it a
"minor hiccup", although he said Australia had been outplayed.
"They (England) were better. Full stop. Better in all three disciplines
-- they caught everything," said Lehmann.
"It's a minor hiccup and now we've got to get back to it in four days
time and play better than we have and show the discipline you require to make
big runs on these type of wickets and bat a lot longer.
"There was some good bowling from England, there's no doubt about that,
full credit to them. But our batters could probably stay in a little bit longer
with shot selection I'd say.
"But having said that, they're quality players and they'll come back
There had been talk before the series regarding the possibility of England
preparing pitches to nullify the threat of Australia's fast bowlers - something
former England wicket-keeper Matt Prior dismissed as a joke.
Cardiff has long been renowned as a slow and low pitch although, if
anything, it was quicker than when Australia last played a Test at Sophia
Gardens in 2009.
However, Lehmann hoped there would be more pace in the pitch at Lord's.
"You'd hope so at the 'home of cricket'," he said. "I'd just
like to see you be able to bowl a bouncer on day one. That'd be nice, but
Mitchell Johnson took 37 wickets at under 14 apiece during Australia's 5-0
thrashing of England during the last Ashes campaign in 2013/14.
But the left-arm fast bowler was not at his best in Cardiff, where his two
wickets in the match cost 180 runs.
Lehmann, however, said he saw signs of improvement throughout the match.
"I think Mitch got better as the game went on. I thought he was better
in the second innings (two for 69 in 16 overs compared to none for 111 in 25 in
"At the end of the day he's a class bowler. If he gets it right, he can
certainly run through sides."