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Australia vs South Africa second Test: Coach Darren Lehmann plans Proteas-style Test comeback

AAP logoAAP 12/11/2016 Andrew Drummond

Australia will need to "bat big" in their second innings for a chance in their must-win Test against South Africa, coach Darren Lehmann says. © Getty Images Australia will need to "bat big" in their second innings for a chance in their must-win Test against South Africa, coach Darren Lehmann says. Australia will use South Africa's second innings comeback success story from the first cricket Test in Perth as a blueprint to scratch out victory after a dire first day in Hobart.

The home side was dismissed for a shameful 85 runs with skipper Steve Smith top-scoring with 48 on Saturday and coach Darren Lehmann is busy formulating plans for Australia to resurrect hope in the must-win second match of the three-Test series.

Top priority is stemming the Proteas' lead of 86 runs as the visitors start day two at 5-171.

"There's four days left at the moment so the challenge for us is to get the five wickets quickly and then bat big like they did in Perth," Lehmann said.

"The guys are hurting and they'll come out and put on a big score I'm sure."

South Africa batted first at the WACA and were all out for 242 on the first day with Australia finishing day one with a full batting order still to come.

Day two was not so positive for the home side, who were dismissed for 244 before the Proteas compiled a massive 8/540 (dec) in their second innings.

That's the path Lehmann wants to follow.

The Australia coach didn't shy away from responsibility for Saturday's first-innings collapse.

"We know we've got to get better in a lot of areas," Lehmann said.

"I'm really confident they will play better than they did in the first innings.

"We've just got to get the five wickets first and foremost."

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