Australia news October 20, 2011

Warne wants Lehmann as Australia's coach

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Shane Warne believes Darren Lehmann would be the perfect coach for Australia as the search continues for Tim Nielsen's replacement. Lehmann is in his first year as Queensland's mentor but Warne believes his old-school approach would be perfect for either the vacant head coach role or a position on the selection panel.

"I think Darren Lehmann is absolutely outstanding - as a coach or in some senior role involved in the team or as a selector," Warne told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday. "I think he's got a really good understanding of the young guys, he's got a great understanding of old school and what's required to perform.

"[There's] old-school '70s and '80s - sit down and don't say a word and let the experienced people talk - to the new way where you play one game you think you've played a hundred and you're part of the furniture. Somewhere in the middle is about the right way."

Warne was famously critical of John Buchanan during his team at the helm of Australia's side, believing that Buchanan complicated things unnecessarily. Warne once said that international teams should not have coaches, but rather team managers to act as a facilitator for the captain, and he believes "old-school toughness" is a key requirement for whoever gets the job.

"That hard work, get in the nets and train hard for two hours, forget the ice baths, physios, calories, stretching," he said. "All those sort of things, which are important in modern-day sport, and you should have them, they have a place - [but] I just think you need someone with old-school thoughts - a bit of hard work, a bit of the new stuff and mix and match.

"It doesn't matter how many computers you want to look at, pie charts or all those rubbish things, you have to physically do it. Whoever they appoint, hopefully it's someone like a Darren Lehmann if it's not a Darren Lehmann."

Cricket Australia has started a global search for the new head coach, who will also have responsibility for directing the coaching strategy down through the states. Steve Rixon, the Australian team's fielding coach, is considered one of the front-runners due to his strong relationship with the captain Michael Clarke.

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  • pepsi on October 23, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @hyclass I can't agree, there are many examples in today's game of players jumping one or more levels on their way to international cricket. (cummins) the obvious example. Specialist coaches are required to complete the young cricketers coming through. Why wouldnt you want a fielding coach, if it is the only thing everyone in the team does. Most head coaches are batsmen , so a bowling coach is required, and to. Lighten the load of throwing on the coach, a batting coach is reqired. This is nonsense that because the current crop of players aren't as good as the past that we should remove the help

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Whoeva its let it not be an outsider like englishmen indians or even newzealander let it be a hard hearted aussie or even a protean the aussies hav to have their old roughness never say die ness or that kinda character so whatever type of game is theirs and whatever situation they can win.What i think is a good coach like maybe steve waugh or border who brought up the dying aussie team in The mid 85's may be real good lillee as the bowling coach boon or jones as the batting coach will be the greatest specialising team ever for the current raw young talent of guys like cummins ,pattinson, smith ,wade marsh , warner,etc etc

  • Earl on October 21, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    I agree with Warne about the old ways.When Rohan Kanhai was coach of Jamaica you could see the improvement of the batsmen.Batting is simple when you know what to do the correct way.batsmen don't get behind the line of the ball..rt hand bat..left foot to the pitch of the ball.Keep your eye on the ball.None of this premeditated strokes.Bat close to pad.too many inside edges onto the stumps because of faulty technics.Bowlers who cannot bowl 6 balls in a good spot..they are all over the place. Lots of practice is the best remedy for thatNot watching computers.

  • Christopher on October 21, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    @nevmac-I salute you.Ive been saying the same thing about the plethora of coaches and lack of accountable performances by them. If a player reached Test level,theyve already gone through:Age group comp,district comp, State comp,Futures League,The Academy and Australia A tours.The coaching over the last 4 years has harmed the players,not helped them.No player improved under Nielsens regime.Many were badly hampered.As for Warne,isnt he the one who suggested Beer be selected?That led to Lyon instead of O'Keefe.Lehmann is a great cricketing brain,just like Warne,but they are both unconventional and success in one discipline does not necessarily translate to another,such as coaching.

  • Pradeep on October 21, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Make Gilchrist the coach. He is a no-nonsense guy. He has better cricketing brain than most, relentless, non-controversial and also commands a high degree of respect from the administrators and players alike.

  • Rajaram on October 21, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Shane Warne is the LAST person who should be talikng about Coach Selection. All of us know how he despised John Buchanan - the Best coach EVER in Cricketing history. All of us know how he imposed on Rajasthan Royals that HE HIMSELF should be Captain and Coach.As to Darren Lehman, he is the worst possible choice of coiach. For one, he has poor manners - remember how he used unprintable words to describe the Sri Lankans and got banned for that? Lehmann is the PONLY left hander who could get out bowled by a fast bowler knocking off his leg stump. The way he shuffles, he has lousy technique.Let him not impose his thinking on our young cricketers.God help us if he is selected as coach.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    Shane Warne is a genius. The best captain Australia never had. I beleive that Imran Khan(Pak) & Shane Warne(IPL) have been the best leaders in cricket's modern history. Hats off to both of them.

  • John on October 20, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    I have thought for quite some time why do we need a head coach for australia, we have too many coaches now, we have a fielding coach a batting coach a bowling coach and i have heard of a wicket keeping coach, sure get someone to coach the team but get rid of all the others. i think Lehmann would fill the roll very well with all his expereance.

  • Bryn on October 20, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    what about dave shipperd? i still think mickey arthur will be the coach but i wouldnt rule out boof. i would be looking at ray jennings and stephen fleming as well

  • Gary on October 20, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Not sure it's going to make much difference who the coach is to be honest. Lack of top talent is the main problem.

    The forthcoming Test matches against SA will show the gulf between the teams.

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