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Aussies learn from England's India losses

AAP logoAAP 7/01/2017 Rob Forsaith

Darren Lehmann hopes his Australia side learn from the subcontinent struggles of their Ashes rivals ahead of next month's Test tour of India.

Alastair Cook, under pressure to retain the England captaincy, recently led his side to a 4-0 Test series loss in India. The skipper lamented his spinners' inability to break partnerships but also his batsmen's lack of marathon knocks and mammoth totals in the first innings of matches.

England built three first-innings totals of 400 runs or more but India made a mockery of them, seizing momentum and grinding the visitors into submission.

Lehmann hopes his charges avoid the same fate in their four-Test series that starts next month.

"Alastair Cook summed it up really well on their tour, where they didn't bat long enough," Lehmann said after Australia completed a 3-0 Test series win over Pakistan in Sydney.

"They got decent scores but they still didn't bat long enough.

"That's going to be the challenge for this group. We batted 135 overs in the first innings (at the SCG). We need to bat for 150-plus in India to post a big, big total. It's a great challenge for a young group. They're fit and strong so they should be able to bat long periods of time."

Lehmann admitted it would be a different approach to the ruthless aggression dished out to Pakistan's trundlers at home recently.

"We may have to play a little bit differently , that's ok," Lehmann said.

"We might have to grind it out and there's nothing wrong with that.

Spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe will also have to adjust their tactics on dusty pitches and step up their game against the world's best players of spin.

"It's always difficult. They're used to these conditions," Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said of the tweakers who bowled Australia to a 220-run win in Sydney.

"If you compare Australian conditions with any Asian conditions, there is difference of bounce.

"That will be difficult for them but I think they can (be successful). It's about adjusting."

Skipper Steve Smith admitted last week he planned on studying England's recent trip to India.

"I watched bits and pieces of that series and as it gets closer I'm sure I'll watch more footage to see different tactics and the way to play the game," Smith said.

"England actually played reasonably well in India. It's a very difficult place to tour and the Indians play so well in their own backyard."

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