Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 1st day March 24, 2004

Lehmann: ' I was a little bit bored at times'

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Since he cemented his place in the Australian middle-order, Darren Lehmann has scored five centuries in nine games. After today's unbeaten effort, he spoke to the press.

On the conditions
It was hard work out there, pretty much all day, because of the field settings. The pitch spun a fair bit and it's quite slow which made it hard to get into any rhythm.

On his prolific run of form
I'm not sure that there is a secret - it's just that I am playing well at the moment and it's good to get some runs to make up for lost time. The pleasing thing is that I am quite relaxed at the crease these days and I suppose that comes with experience and confidence in your game. That seems to be the trick at the moment. I am playing the game for what it is - a game.

On countering the threat from Sri Lanka's spinners
You have got to have a plan [in Sri Lanka] and my plan seems to be working at the moment. I am quite confident coming down the wicket, which you have to back yourself to do over here. In the past teams have come here and let the spinners dictate, but we have certainly gone about it in a different way and had some success doing so.

On the Sri Lankan defensive tactics
The wicket had enough to bowl attacking lines, but they did not back their bowlers enough. I was a little bit bored for a while but it is Test cricket and you focus pretty quickly back onto the job. It is just one of the things they do over here, they like to bowl to those kind of fields and you have to learn to cope with it. You have to come up with a plan to counteract their tactics, whether it is batting slightly outside leg or running up the wicket to work singles.