Australia coach Darren Lehmann has apologised for the way his team lost the Ashes, while he slammed former wicketkeeper Ian Healy's comments about the role of partners on tour.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has apologised for the way his team lost the Ashes, while he slammed questions regarding the role of partners on tour.
England wrapped up the five-Test Ashes series with a match to spare in Nottingham on Saturday, crushing Australia by an innings and 78 runs in the fourth Test.
Having won the second Test at Lord's to level the series at 1-1; Australia gave up the famous urn with barely more than a whimper at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge.
They failed to reach 300 in four consecutive innings, with the first dig effort of 60 in Nottingham particularly disappointing for Lehmann's men.
"We have been poor, we have been outplayed by a superior opponent, and as coaching staff, players and selectors we fully accept the blame for our losses at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge," Lehmann wrote on Cricket Australia's website.
"We don't walk away from that responsibility, and we have been as up-front as we can over the past few days to explain that's the case rather than try to find excuses."
Lehmann added: "On behalf of our team I want to apologise for the manner in which we have lost."
The 45-year-old coach and former Australia Test player declared "the only good that comes from making mistakes is to learn from them" but insisted allowing players to have their families with them on tour was not one of those errors.
Speculation arose during the fourth Test about whether the Australian squad should have their families with them, with former wicketkeeper Ian Healy - now a cricket pundit on Australian television - arguing he had "hated" the "distraction" of having partners on tour and believed the 2015 touring party was not "completely focused".
But Lehmann argued that having partners on tour was something that had been widely accepted since Healy's time in the Test team.
"I believe it's unfair to suggest having families with us as a reason for our on-field efforts," Lehmann wrote.