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Aussies sticking together: Hazlewood, Lyon

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

Australia's under-siege Test cricketers, dealing with a level of scrutiny and criticism they've never faced before, are sticking together according to bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.

Lyon was part of the Australian XI skittled for 47 in Cape Town five years ago, while he and Hazlewood were part of the team that relinquished the Ashes urn when they were rolled for 60 at Trent Bridge last year.

But those batting failures were overseas.

A recent collapse of 10-86 at the WACA and the horrible slump in Hobart, where Australia were all out for 85 after being sent in on day one of the second Test against South Africa, were on home soil.

It has unleashed a wave of outrage, demands for answers and calls for change from pundits and past players.

Current players, selectors, coach Darren Lehmann, captain Steve Smith, high-performance manager Pat Howard, and Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland are all under the pump.

"Everyone knows we need to improve and improve quickly," Hazlewood said

"We're obviously a pretty tight group, we play a lot of cricket together and we're on the road together a lot, so everyone gets on fantastically.

"We're all great mates and obviously it's an important time to stick together and even be tighter."

The culture of the side has also been questioned, most notably by former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith.

"There's a lot of talk going around. We're not playing our best cricket so people have to write stuff in newspapers and sell newspapers," Lyon told ABC Radio.

"We know what's happening in the changeroom and that's the most important thing.

"We're all positive in there and we've got each other's backs.

"The best thing is we're confident in that changeroom and everyone's got the support of each other."

Lyon was hammered for two boundaries in his first over on day four of the second Test and finished with figures of 0-57 as the Proteas built a first-innings lead of 241 runs.

The tweaker has been one of many players to underperform in a four-Test losing streak but recent batting failures have made every member of Australia's attack work overtime.

"It's not ideal," Lyon said of the collapses.

"We know we're doing the hard work and we know it will turn around for us.

"We just need to come out here and fight and score ugly runs."

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