Australia news June 24, 2013

Lehmann's cultural remedy for Australia

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Australia's new coach Darren Lehmann has pushed the importance of fun and a balanced perspective on life to remedy a team culture that has variously been described as toxic, insular, selfish, undisciplined, and just plain stupid. Lehmann has openly desired the national coaching job for quite some time, but given that it has fallen into his lap a mere two weeks before the first Investec Ashes Test, his initial message to the touring team could not afford to be elaborate.

Upon the squad's arrival in the medieval town centre of Taunton, Lehmann sat down his players and staff to set out a simple but clear direction for the Australian team, both on the field and off it. Relieving the tension of the past few days in Bristol and London was high on Lehmann's list of priorities, while also ensuring focus shifted instantly to Wednesday's tour match against Somerset.

"Hopefully with the enjoyment factor, we'll get that going for a start," Lehmann said of the culture he wished to create. "When you start winning games you have a lot of fun so we need to start winning some games, simple as that. It's about getting all the lads and everyone in a direction we want to go. We're going one way and that is forward and everything starts afresh.

"It's about life as well, it's a game of cricket. It's important we have success and play well but it's a small part of your life, so we've got to make sure we are helping them grow their lives on and off the ground, that is really important to me. Family is a big part of it, enjoying each other's company while we're away, and learning about ourselves and different cultures and different people we have in the team.

"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a job I loved and wanted to do because I fell in love with coaching the first day I started with an IPL franchise. It just probably happened in different circumstances that it comes across my path right now."

That path will now include grappling with the various complications of mentoring a national team in 2013, including the influx of Twenty20 money that has muddled the priorities of numerous young players. The absolutes of Lehmann's time, as a player who had to carve out nigh on 10,000 first-class runs before making his Test debut, have been replaced by greys like the lavish IPL money on offer to cricketers who have not yet grooved their games.

When referring to numerous matters of club versus state versus country issues, Australia's team performance manager Pat Howard remarked last summer that "no-one owns the players now". Lehmann though spoke with typical confidence about sculpting the natural talent at his disposal into competitive, thoughtful and loyal cricketers.

"The priority for us is Australia, that's every player that is playing any form, their first right is with Australia," Lehmann said. "We want to pick the best side each and every time and we'll worry about the other franchises and issues as we go through.

"We're guided by CA and selectors along the way and that's part and parcel of being a new-age cricketer. One thing I will say, they're a lot better athletes that I was in my day and it's just about teaching them and coaching them the best way to play the game in different situations."

Brad Haddin, Australia's vice-captain, said Lehmann's imprint on the team should soon be evident, starting with the respect he already engendered for his playing career and domestic coaching. "Darren's got experience at all levels, as a player, a successful coach and a good person, and he's known for that around Australian cricket and world cricket," He said. "I think he'll come into this environment comfortable with where he's at and comfortable with where he wants to take the team."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | June 26, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    I have a feeling that if Australian batsmen don't go fishing at balls that should be left alone they will do well.Most bowled is actually played on.Batsmen who do not play with bat close to pad or getting behind the line of the ball are prone to such dismissals.Aussie bowling will have to be disciplined and bowl in the channel just outside off stump.Stay off the leg stump and they will be okay.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    The modern day coach need not be the best player or an expert in cricket. With so much cricket as opposed to the old days players have enough opportunity to refine the skills. But what they lack today thanks to the big money on offer is concentration and understanding of the present moment. The coach must be a good marketing person who can do the situation analysis and work out SWOT analysis for each of his own players, both in team and those aspiring, the opposition ones and team SWOT. Then comes interpersonal skills. Also players must be made to understand the present and not the past or future because past is gone and future yet to come. If they do the present right, then all will be ok. But unfortunately too much analysis with the aid of computers have come and all are getting into the muddle of this analysis causing paralysis. True you need to do the relevant studies, but must know the limit. Too much detail will result in not having attention to the requisite areas.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | June 28, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    I got a simple question here,"WHY is it such a big taboo for the OZs to play two genuine spinners?" I mean give Agar a go as well.3 seamers with a Watson should be enough pace arsenal then Lyon or Ahmed can be the second spinner.I'm sure Swann and Monty will both play together regularly in the whole series.Agar can hold his own with the bat take 2 or 3 wkts regularly,in short he is all O'Keefe never will got to be at the highest level.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    I think Aussies will progress lot better under DL[FUN-LOVING] as a coach compared 2 Aurthur who was more of a copy-book coach. DL has always been magnanimous as evident in his playing days when he made way for youngsters even in his peak days as a player. i think clarke should take a cue from DL when it comes 2 supporting his players. U cant spk publicly against ur players as he did against warner after d pub episode chiding him saying-this is not a ipl team,as if one is allowed 2 have a brawl there. i think watson would have been a better choice as a skipper.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Gone are the days of "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if Lillee does not get you, Thompson must" Now for Australia is a case of again rising from the ashes. But history tells us that often those who take out those in ashes are often ignored. Hope that will not happen to new coach.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 26, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    @ozwrite, to a point you are correct however, Lehmann hasnt had any input into the squad in England, but we could see a swing in the Winter tour down under away from the 'favorites', I suspect we'll see a lot more of usman khawaja this summer possibly at first or second drop, rather than Hughes.

    I also suspect Agar may be prefered over Lyon at somepoint.

  • POSTED BY ozwriter on | June 26, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    lehmann is going to select on talent and form, not on favourtism and being the coach/captains pet. "We want to pick the best side each and every time". this must be worrying news for 'hughesy', 'wadey' and 'eddie'. surely they should be nowhere near the first XI team.

  • POSTED BY Kulaputra on | June 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    The moment you said fun, DL, you have a place in my heart. Cricket is played for fun and a coach is the vehicle you use to go to the stadium.

    if DL can make sure cricket is played for fun, Aussie cricket has a bright future.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | June 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Let's see whether Lehmann's regime can do any changes with this nose diving Aus team..... Ashes is a big test for him !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Listen to what Ian Chappel said in his interview to Espncricinfo and I totally agree with him that is, the coach doesn't bat, bowl or field its the Cricketers and most importantly if these are the bunch of guys who have played hell a lot of domestic cricket and got a lot of exposure, then why should they lose? Its not right to say that Australia is weak and don't have the players who can match the calibre of Ponting or Hussey or Langer or Waugh! Rather identify the players who look promising and think about their country first and then IPL...

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | June 26, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    I have a feeling that if Australian batsmen don't go fishing at balls that should be left alone they will do well.Most bowled is actually played on.Batsmen who do not play with bat close to pad or getting behind the line of the ball are prone to such dismissals.Aussie bowling will have to be disciplined and bowl in the channel just outside off stump.Stay off the leg stump and they will be okay.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    The modern day coach need not be the best player or an expert in cricket. With so much cricket as opposed to the old days players have enough opportunity to refine the skills. But what they lack today thanks to the big money on offer is concentration and understanding of the present moment. The coach must be a good marketing person who can do the situation analysis and work out SWOT analysis for each of his own players, both in team and those aspiring, the opposition ones and team SWOT. Then comes interpersonal skills. Also players must be made to understand the present and not the past or future because past is gone and future yet to come. If they do the present right, then all will be ok. But unfortunately too much analysis with the aid of computers have come and all are getting into the muddle of this analysis causing paralysis. True you need to do the relevant studies, but must know the limit. Too much detail will result in not having attention to the requisite areas.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | June 28, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    I got a simple question here,"WHY is it such a big taboo for the OZs to play two genuine spinners?" I mean give Agar a go as well.3 seamers with a Watson should be enough pace arsenal then Lyon or Ahmed can be the second spinner.I'm sure Swann and Monty will both play together regularly in the whole series.Agar can hold his own with the bat take 2 or 3 wkts regularly,in short he is all O'Keefe never will got to be at the highest level.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    I think Aussies will progress lot better under DL[FUN-LOVING] as a coach compared 2 Aurthur who was more of a copy-book coach. DL has always been magnanimous as evident in his playing days when he made way for youngsters even in his peak days as a player. i think clarke should take a cue from DL when it comes 2 supporting his players. U cant spk publicly against ur players as he did against warner after d pub episode chiding him saying-this is not a ipl team,as if one is allowed 2 have a brawl there. i think watson would have been a better choice as a skipper.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Gone are the days of "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if Lillee does not get you, Thompson must" Now for Australia is a case of again rising from the ashes. But history tells us that often those who take out those in ashes are often ignored. Hope that will not happen to new coach.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 26, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    @ozwrite, to a point you are correct however, Lehmann hasnt had any input into the squad in England, but we could see a swing in the Winter tour down under away from the 'favorites', I suspect we'll see a lot more of usman khawaja this summer possibly at first or second drop, rather than Hughes.

    I also suspect Agar may be prefered over Lyon at somepoint.

  • POSTED BY ozwriter on | June 26, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    lehmann is going to select on talent and form, not on favourtism and being the coach/captains pet. "We want to pick the best side each and every time". this must be worrying news for 'hughesy', 'wadey' and 'eddie'. surely they should be nowhere near the first XI team.

  • POSTED BY Kulaputra on | June 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    The moment you said fun, DL, you have a place in my heart. Cricket is played for fun and a coach is the vehicle you use to go to the stadium.

    if DL can make sure cricket is played for fun, Aussie cricket has a bright future.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | June 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Let's see whether Lehmann's regime can do any changes with this nose diving Aus team..... Ashes is a big test for him !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Listen to what Ian Chappel said in his interview to Espncricinfo and I totally agree with him that is, the coach doesn't bat, bowl or field its the Cricketers and most importantly if these are the bunch of guys who have played hell a lot of domestic cricket and got a lot of exposure, then why should they lose? Its not right to say that Australia is weak and don't have the players who can match the calibre of Ponting or Hussey or Langer or Waugh! Rather identify the players who look promising and think about their country first and then IPL...

  • POSTED BY 11_Warrior on | June 26, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    if we look at the future, it is good that DL is appointed about 30 month prior to next WC. He will get fairchance to show, what is he up to.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Is it a classic case of someone being different just for the sake of being different?

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | June 26, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Who'd be a coach in big time sport !! You're on a hiding to nothing unless you've got a Ferrari of a team at your disposal. .. Boof has got some work to do. .. I hope he enjoys the "honeymoon" because I think it will be short-lived. ...

    @ iPad-up : Yes, it's the classic don't worry, be happy tactic. It sounds good to me though. I can't see any point in getting so wound up in your technical problems that end up paralysing yourself (I'm looking at you Phil Hughes, Sean Marsh and a few others). These guys are at their best when they simply See the ball, Hit the ball.

    @ MartinC : Too right, but if they do the above, they might actually get a few runs.

  • POSTED BY samvj on | June 26, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    I think australia has taken the correct decision, just like Greg Chappel, Aurthur might be very good technically but lacks people skills (both teams went down hill due to their approach). Clarke will have big challenge to re-establish his trust with his teammates and also will have changes is high discipline approach. what is needed is team spirit and common goal and enjoy the comaraderie.........the skill is always there. World of cricket need Australia to bounce back and we need healthy competition. get back Aussies!!!!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 26, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    @Rowayton, because of the geography of Trent bridge you tend to get more late swing at the ground irrespective of the overheads, which add to the effects, and that will suit bowlers like of Pattinson.

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 on | June 26, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Changing coach is a good approach..But what Australia need to do importantly at the moment is building a solid batting line up for all three formats.Their batting is so inconsistent.Especially in the test format.Except Clarke there is no proper test batsman in this squad. Watson,Cowan,Hughes have had fair number of chances but they are still improving.Warner is good at his day but he also is inconsistent.These batsmen need to learn how to build big innings.At least two batsmen need to play big innings in a test innings.These batsmen may need more experiences to be solid.But Australia should give chances to youngsters likes of Maddinson,Doolan,Joe burns and Shaun Marsh.

  • POSTED BY Rowayton on | June 26, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Yorkshirepudding, I'm a bit puzzled by your comments about the 'natural conditions' at Trent Bridge, considering in the county game just finished the scores were Sussex 5-506 Notts 8-478. Green tops aren't any more natural at Trent Bridge than anywhere else - the county just started to prepare 'suitable' wickets when they had Richard Hadlee and Clive Rice.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    As offensive as this will sound. It is almost worth tossing the textbook out the window and just saying ok. We have this series to work out how to win in November. Take a few chances. Get some new faces or some well performed old ones (give mitch the chance that he deserves) .

    Boof inspires. Ask any Qlder or South Australian who played with or for him. Think of that the Qld team played for their coach and preformed beyond belief to get their best... that is called respect. Mickey never had it ...

    This is Australia and we have always been different. Boof will win an Ashes series ... the question is will he win both?

  • POSTED BY iPad-up on | June 25, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Let me see if I understand the Lehmann approach: Have fun, be happy, win games, be happier, have more fun, win more games. So simple, I'm amazed no other coach has thought of it.

  • POSTED BY wellrounded87 on | June 25, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    Great to see Lehman at the helm. His success in domestic cricket is incredible and hopefully it translates to the Aussie side. Hopefully now Ben Cutting can finally get a chance. He's been in the top 3 wicket takers in shield for the past 3 years and not even given a look.

    My XI for the first ashes test. 1. Watson 2. Maddinson 3. Khawaja 4. Warner/Hughes (whoever does better in warm ups) 5. Clarke 6. Haddin 7. Henriques 8. Pattinson 9. Sayers 10. Harris 11. Agar

    It also needs to be noted that after all the buzz around Fawad Ahmed he has proved a big dissapointment in the Aus A tour being outbowled by both Lyon and Agar. If Australia want a mature spinner give SOK a run.

  • POSTED BY Gilliana on | June 25, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    What is the cultural part of the remedy? I know. It is our xenophobic dislike for the foreigner that is imbibed in our culture. We want the world to change for us but we will not change. The players couldn't care less. There is always the IPL Shut this door and things will improve.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | June 25, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    Boof's appointment is a positive step with the future in mind, but this will not be an overnight solution. As with anything in any avenue of team concepts be it sport or business, the turnabout is gradual. We may put up a better show under him in the coming series & we may be competitive down under, but in reality, it is going to take 2 years for the full fruits of his inclusion to bear. And in that time, we will be able to see the progress of the team. That is the same reason why it wasn't working with MA, although as good as coach as he is, it wasn't working with him in charge. Even the great Aussie side of 1995-2007 started its climb from the '89 Ashes & worked its way upwards from that point. Same with the Windies prior to that. Small steps to start with, positive team culture evolves slowly.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Am I the only person who thinks the fundamental problem with the Australian side is the poor selection of batsmen? Warner, Hughes and Smith should have learnt their craft playing domestic test cricket instead of having their technical deficiencies laid bare at the international level. Meanwhile Chris Rogers proves that we do have some batting talent - but doesn't get chosen (presumably because he doesn't have the poster-boy looks favoured by the Channel Nine selectors).

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    cant agree with him more

  • POSTED BY 64blip on | June 25, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Lots of renewed optimism here, for no good reason as far as I can see. A return to "playing the Aussie way" ? England tried that a while ago and it was embarrassing. It turned out "playing the Aussie way" required having three or four all-time greats in your side. Still, if it's going to encourage Warner and Hughes to "play their natural game" and go hard at the moving ball... That's not the light at the end of the tunnel, it's the one on the front of the train.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | June 25, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Will he keep the IPL contract ? Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY dinom on | June 25, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding: Aussies' bowling is good, its their batting is a worry. The bowling unit is capable of knock out English batting cheaply, but will the batting unit able not to be knocked out even cheaper?

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 25, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    @heathrf1974, Thanks, I'm going on how england turned it around after the caribbean in 2009. However both Captain and Coach had a great deal to do with that turn around, it will be interesting to see how Clark and Lehmann work together. Will they be the Hammer and Anvil, Velvet Glove and Iron Fist or something else.

    With Aus's bowling unit if they start to believe and knock england over cheaply , especially at Trent bridge where Pattinson should be able to exploit natural conditions, and the core unit remain fit I think the summer may have a few suprises, and even more so in aus as I doubt we'll get a 'damp' series like we had in 2010/11 which favoured england esp at Melbourne and Sydney.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | June 25, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding. A very measured and intelligent response. However, as an Aussie fan I'm less optimistic about the possible short turn around in form, but we'll see.

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | June 25, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    @Nutcutlet, stop being fuddy-duddy, these are modern times and every sport in the world is commercially driven, look at the overwhelming popularity of football in your country that is EPL.it is same with every football league in the world, look at American pro sports like NBA,NFL,MLB or Aussie ones like AFL,NRL, even olympic movement is not untouched by money, financial rewards in IPL is puny compared to other sports like Football,basketball, American pro sports, tennis,golf,formula-1 etc..in an earlier debate with you i had mentioned the positive effect of IPL on young Indian uncapped players... Australian players even without the IPL are well paid through lucrative CA contracts, you higlighted the gap between those with IPL riches with others who don't, so what about those OZ players with CA central contracts with that of a shield player .Pls quit the hate because cricket as it is a minority sport and all this talk about about various formats and financial rewards does not help.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Given the brittleness of the Australian batting, should Mr Lehmann be player/coach? l

  • POSTED BY MartinC on | June 25, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Creating a culture were players are enjoying being part of the set up, the training and the playing is important. Its debatable though how easy that will be to create in a team that will be under pressure and probably outgunned on the field. The big problem the Aussies have is lack of quality batting and no culture change is going to change that.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | June 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Nutcutlet, I understand where you are coming from but the players in the Australian system earn far more money from Australia than they do from IPL. Warner's IPL salary is far less than Australian contract. I don't think yyou can blame the IPL for all our woes. I believe its true that our younger players predominantly believe it is easier to get an IPL contract than an Australian contract. I believe we need to take money away from the top end to give all shield cricketers comfortable wages so that there is a greater focus on the longer form of the game for young cricketers.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | June 25, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Lehmann honned his coaching skills at ipl6 where he did decent job .This is another positive from ipl alongside monetary security of players.but some uptight conservatives will never admit it.lehmann though wud hardly improve aus ad real problem is lack of talent and not intent . Although its perfect time to win over England as they just lost another final and are in recovery mode.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    @Nutcutlet: I take great offence at your degradation of IPL. It has really become a scapegoat for all non-Indian fans. Look at Indian players. They have money multifolds that of other foreign players. It doesn't affect them. It's your players you should be blaming. Cricketers' career is short and they are entitled to earn as much as they can when they are at their peak. Love for your country and pride in playing for it depends completely on an individual.

    Cricinfo for God's sake Please Publish!

  • POSTED BY SirBobJones on | June 25, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    I'm all for making appropriate changes and I think Lehmann will do a great job, but one question remains - all our fast bowlers are getting injured despite the rotation policy, so how will playing the best ones all the time fix that? They'll just get injured even faster, then the next guy gets a gig and he'll get injured too. Someone at the grass roots level needs to sort out their bowling actions, or alternatively ban IPL if you want to play test cricket, thus limiting their workload.

  • POSTED BY Un_Citoyen_Indien on | June 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    @ nutcutlet: The IPL, largely discredited?

    Perhaps not as much as Australian Cricket is at the moment. And you can bet that overseas cricketers will STILL be going to India, year after year to entertain their masses. So get over the hate and learn to deal with it :)

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | June 25, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Boof will be a great choice, for a young team like this its important he lets them know what they are doing well and not. I am really excited to see him as coach for the ashes and beyond, if anything we can't expect miracles but there will be a better fight from us.

  • POSTED BY Big-Dog on | June 25, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Lehmann's coaching methods are based on Tim Coyle's model. Coyle would have been the perfect replacement for Arthur had he not retired last season.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | June 25, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Lehmann is talking good sense. To someone who sees from afar what's been going on with Australia's current crop of cricketers, it's been obvious for a while that the rewards that some have picked up from the IPL has messed with their heads. The baggy green does not mean as much as it did & over-generous financial rewards playing as hired players in a largely discredited, commercially driven domestic league has skewed the priorities in some minds. It's no co-incidence that the decline in Oz cricket can be tied in with & dated from the increasing prominence & promotion of the IPL. That automatically sets up a division between those who are extremely affluent (Warner, Watson, et al) & those who are not marketable in India. There is nothing wrong with wealth (it's morally neutral) it's what it trails in its wake: arrogance, indifference to the team ethic & self-admiration. In short, & so ironic for cricketers, they've taken their eye off the ball. Time for a fresh start & education 4 life!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 25, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    I see Lehmann is starting with the simple things much like England did at the start of 2009, depending on how fractured the squad is it will take a series or two for them to fully gel.

    In fact we might see them start to gel by the 3rd or 4th test if they get a win under thier belt. The big test will be when they lose a test and how the group reacts, and if the old cuts start to open, just as they did for england After UAE series and the Oval test last year, with KP going off the rails in a big way.

    In regards to the rotation policy sometimes its needed, a player starts to complain of a niggle so you rest him to prevent a longer term injury developing (eg Zaheer Khan in Indias visit during 2010), which is where squad depth comes in.

    Still forcasting an England win in the home series, 2-1, away it will be a different matter 2-2 or 2-1 to the Aussies, if they've started to believe.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | June 25, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    I think the biggest problem Australian cricket faces today is that of unrealistic expectations. The golden generation dominated for a decade and beyond not because of Aussie culture or the system, but because they were better than the rest by a country mile, simple as that. The fact is, the current side doesn't have a genius like Warne/ McGrath/ Ponting. They can be competitive and even brilliant at times, but expecting them to repeat the feats of the golden generation is unrealistic.

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | June 25, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Player rotation scrapped? To me that's big news. Helping Pattinson back has been one of the few management successes lately - and having a healthy surfeit of in-form and hungry pace bowlers. I can see merit in having a workhorse (Siddle, obviously) to mix the injury-prone guns (Pattinson, Starc, Cummins) and variety options (Harris, Bird, Sayers) around, though.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Will Lehmann also drop players if they don't do 'homework'?

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | June 25, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    I would be really surprised if Boof is going to provide consistent results.. He talks too much of fun and enjoyment in playing the game.. mind you, his performance as coach with IPL team had been very pathetic .. the team selections were dubious in many matches and lack of discipline or pride was truly evident.. The Aussie players might be shocked by Arthur's exit and might attempt to play decently in the Ashes... but in the long run, I don't see this Aussie team under Boof winning consistently.. Its a wrong call by Sutherland.. rather than sacking Arthur, he could have simply turned off the problematic players in the team and give a young team without Clarke.. I think more than Arthur, it was Clarke who should have had a big role in the indiscipline saga.. when he has no control over his players, he doesn't deserve to be a captain..

  • POSTED BY akpy on | June 25, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    At some stage people will realize another contribution of IPL (I am not crazy about it), the development of enormous coaching staff and other back room staff....Lehmann admits to it and Ponting certainly wants it.....there are good things too though one-eyed jacks cannot see it

  • POSTED BY Teachers on | June 25, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    In Boof's time, the Aussie cricketer had talent, played and lived the Aussie way, and got paid for this. The cricketer of today has talent, has vastly improved fitness (that Boof has acknowledged), would love to play and live the Aussie way and gets paid mega bucks. Looks like money has eroded the value of playing for your country. This is likely to happen to players from all other countries (a la Kevin Peitersen)...... we just happen to be the first. The Aussie way is based on mateship, irrespective of individual wealth. This was jeopardized when Mickey Arthur took punitive action against some members. Hopefully, Boof will be able to reintroduce the Aussie way.... play well and you will enjoy your cricket, play badly and the next bloke gets your place.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | June 25, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    This is exactly what we need. After the homework scandal, Mickey Arthur's days were numbered. What Lehmann needs to do now more than anything else is to be realistic, positive and to focus more on enjoying it. Mickey Arthur was ultimately far too negative. I am not sure if they can reverse the ban on David Warner but at least they can hopefully prevent a repeat of that over the top punishment.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    I would say this is absolutely great news for the Australian Cricket. Australian Team is in Poor form right now and they need someone who can help the team as a team member. Lehmann is the man who can do this. I would strongly suggest for all teams that they should go for their former players for Coach and supporting staff. They can understand the Dressing room situation more than anyone else as they were the part of the same team before. It's a bit difficult to adjust for a foreign coach to adjust in a foreign team. SA cricket is doing exactly the same as bringing back Kirsten, Jonty, Pollock & of course Donald. (Although they are Chokers but still No 1 Test side). Although they are not favorites for the Ashes but I hope Lehmann can make a drastic change in Australian squad to bring home the ASHES.

  • POSTED BY koushik2412 on | June 25, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    steve waugh would have been an ideal candidate to coach australia.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    Good luck Boof! I hope you can change what appears, from the outside, to be a very serious cultural issue.

    Some of the boys are seriously letting Australia down as ambassadors of our great game.

    I hope that changes soon or the coaching I do at junior level will be a waste of time with "role models" as they currently are.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    Good luck Boof! I hope you can change what appears, from the outside, to be a very serious cultural issue.

    Some of the boys are seriously letting Australia down as ambassadors of our great game.

    I hope that changes soon or the coaching I do at junior level will be a waste of time with "role models" as they currently are.

  • POSTED BY koushik2412 on | June 25, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    steve waugh would have been an ideal candidate to coach australia.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    I would say this is absolutely great news for the Australian Cricket. Australian Team is in Poor form right now and they need someone who can help the team as a team member. Lehmann is the man who can do this. I would strongly suggest for all teams that they should go for their former players for Coach and supporting staff. They can understand the Dressing room situation more than anyone else as they were the part of the same team before. It's a bit difficult to adjust for a foreign coach to adjust in a foreign team. SA cricket is doing exactly the same as bringing back Kirsten, Jonty, Pollock & of course Donald. (Although they are Chokers but still No 1 Test side). Although they are not favorites for the Ashes but I hope Lehmann can make a drastic change in Australian squad to bring home the ASHES.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | June 25, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    This is exactly what we need. After the homework scandal, Mickey Arthur's days were numbered. What Lehmann needs to do now more than anything else is to be realistic, positive and to focus more on enjoying it. Mickey Arthur was ultimately far too negative. I am not sure if they can reverse the ban on David Warner but at least they can hopefully prevent a repeat of that over the top punishment.

  • POSTED BY Teachers on | June 25, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    In Boof's time, the Aussie cricketer had talent, played and lived the Aussie way, and got paid for this. The cricketer of today has talent, has vastly improved fitness (that Boof has acknowledged), would love to play and live the Aussie way and gets paid mega bucks. Looks like money has eroded the value of playing for your country. This is likely to happen to players from all other countries (a la Kevin Peitersen)...... we just happen to be the first. The Aussie way is based on mateship, irrespective of individual wealth. This was jeopardized when Mickey Arthur took punitive action against some members. Hopefully, Boof will be able to reintroduce the Aussie way.... play well and you will enjoy your cricket, play badly and the next bloke gets your place.

  • POSTED BY akpy on | June 25, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    At some stage people will realize another contribution of IPL (I am not crazy about it), the development of enormous coaching staff and other back room staff....Lehmann admits to it and Ponting certainly wants it.....there are good things too though one-eyed jacks cannot see it

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | June 25, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    I would be really surprised if Boof is going to provide consistent results.. He talks too much of fun and enjoyment in playing the game.. mind you, his performance as coach with IPL team had been very pathetic .. the team selections were dubious in many matches and lack of discipline or pride was truly evident.. The Aussie players might be shocked by Arthur's exit and might attempt to play decently in the Ashes... but in the long run, I don't see this Aussie team under Boof winning consistently.. Its a wrong call by Sutherland.. rather than sacking Arthur, he could have simply turned off the problematic players in the team and give a young team without Clarke.. I think more than Arthur, it was Clarke who should have had a big role in the indiscipline saga.. when he has no control over his players, he doesn't deserve to be a captain..

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Will Lehmann also drop players if they don't do 'homework'?

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | June 25, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Player rotation scrapped? To me that's big news. Helping Pattinson back has been one of the few management successes lately - and having a healthy surfeit of in-form and hungry pace bowlers. I can see merit in having a workhorse (Siddle, obviously) to mix the injury-prone guns (Pattinson, Starc, Cummins) and variety options (Harris, Bird, Sayers) around, though.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | June 25, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    I think the biggest problem Australian cricket faces today is that of unrealistic expectations. The golden generation dominated for a decade and beyond not because of Aussie culture or the system, but because they were better than the rest by a country mile, simple as that. The fact is, the current side doesn't have a genius like Warne/ McGrath/ Ponting. They can be competitive and even brilliant at times, but expecting them to repeat the feats of the golden generation is unrealistic.