Lyon, Hazlewood issue rallying cry amid fierce criticism

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Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood remain defiant in the face of a tough period for Australian cricket, saying now is the time for the team to stick together.

The side has come in for fierce criticism in recent times, following a number of dire performances with the bat in Test cricket.

Australia capitulated to 60 all out against England at Trent Bridge last year, before losing 10 wickets for 86 runs to give up a dominant position in the first Test against South Africa at the WACA earlier this month.

And things got little better in the ongoing second Test in Hobart, the hosts rolled out for 85 after another poor showing.

"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 changing room 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 changing room and everyone's got the support of each other.

"It [the collapses] is not ideal. 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."

Hazlewood added: "Everyone knows we need to improve and improve quickly.

"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."

Australia will resume day four in Hobart on 121-2 in their second innings, still 120 runs in arrears.