Dubai- Australia's batsmen need to concentrate as much on hitting the straight ball as worrying about movement when they face Pakistan's spinners in the ongoing test series, coach Darren Lehmann has said.

Australia, who topped the world rankings briefly earlier this year, face the prospect of a first series defeat against Pakistan since 1994 after a 221-run loss in the first of two tests on Sunday.

Pakistan's spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah took 14 wickets between them in Dubai.

Conceding that they had been outplayed in the first test, Lehmann refused to blame the wicket and laid into his players for their failure to play the conditions.

"I think this was a really good cricket wicket and we didn't adapt well enough and didn't play well enough, simple as that," he told journalists in Dubai.