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Lehmann: Brad's had a bad T20

Darren Lehmann believes the poor form of a number of his more experienced players is the reason why Australia have failed to survive the group stages of this year's World T20 competiton in Bangladesh.

Thanks to Pakistan's victory over Bangladesh on Sunday, the Aussies were eliminated from the competition - despite having two matches still to play.

And head coach Lehmann says wicketkeeper Brad Haddin had a particularly poor tournament following excellent Test series against England and South Africa.

Lehmann pointed out: "His keeping has been poor. That's okay, he won't mind me saying that.

"He's honest enough for that. He's been fantastic over a long period of time for us.

"He took a great catch to dismiss Samuels but missed a couple of opportunities.

"At the end of the day he's been exceptional for us overall but he'd be disappointed in his own form in these two games. That's not hiding away from the truth."

Australia have already lost fixtures to Pakistan and West Indies, and Lehmann added: "The simple fact is a few of our experienced blokes - Shane Watson, David Warner for example along with Brad - have not had the impact that we would've liked.

"But Brad has had a lot of cricket. But he's been fantastic around our group and we'll stick with him because he's a brilliant person and he will get a rest now and obviously freshen up and come back a better player."