Australia news June 28, 2013

Warne and McDermott keen to help Lehmann

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Shane Warne and the former Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott have offered their help to Darren Lehmann after the newly appointed head coach welcomed "legends" into the dressing room to share their experience and guidance with the current side.

Lehmann had said he welcomed former players into the dressing room, stating they "are an important part of what we're trying to create." Responding in his column for The Telegraph, Warne said, "I am always there to help any Australian cricketer and always have been. If I need to be around at practice to have a chat with boys about tactical stuff or bowling then I will do that. It's good to be part of the set-up but most of time my role will be informal, catching up on the phone or chatting over a drink or meal. I do not need a fancy job title to help out."

McDermott was similarly enthusiastic about having closer links to the national team after his departure from the fulltime role for personal reasons in 2012. Since then he has returned to be employed by Cricket Australia at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, helping the Ashes tourists on their preparatory camp, but now expressed interest in travelling with the team once more.

"If they ask, I'd certainly consider it,'' McDermott told the Sydney Morning Herald. ''I absolutely love working with Siddle, Pattinson and Starcy and Hilf, and all those guys. It was rewarding getting those guys to perform so well and beat India 4-0 in Australia a couple of years ago, and we bowled well in the West Indies after that. It's a good environment to work in, with athletes like that.

"I respect [Lehmann] very highly. I didn't play with him for Australia, he played for Australia after I retired. But he's certainly got a fantastic first-class record and for Australia and his coaching record now speaks for itself after the last couple of years with Queensland. His no-nonsense type approach will be well respected and well received from the Australian team."

Lehmann took over as Australia's coach after Mickey Arthur was sacked earlier in the week. Warne, who had earlier in the year suggested that Stephen Fleming take over from Arthur as coach, highlighted what he thought would be the differences between Arthur and Lehmann in terms of coaching.

"Boof [Lehmann] is not really a coach," Warne said. "Yes, sure he can tell you about technique but he will be speaking to players about how they approach the game and prepare. He is a mentor. He has been there, done it and endured all the ups and downs over a lifetime in cricket. He has a great rapport with players, a good understanding of how to balance the old school and new."

Warne, a critic of Australia's rotation policy, said Lehmann's practical approach to cricket would show in team selection, where he could be expected to play the best XI. He stated that preparations for Test matches would be old-school and "based on skills", a sign that that sports science would not dictate team selection.

"Boof will help Michael big time during breaks on match day. There is lots of good information and advice around these days in terms of sports science, recovery and fitness. But those things should not be the priority and dictate selection. With Boof cricket will come first. The other stuff will be supplementary," Warne said, while citing the instance of Peter Siddle's exclusion from the final Test against South Africa in November, 2012, with the series drawn at 0-0. Siddle was rested for the Test after suffering from exhaustion in the previous match.

McDermott, meanwhile, expressed strong confidence that Australia's bowlers would leave their mark on the Ashes. "I worked with the Australian boys for 2½ weeks before they left for England. I'm very happy with our bowling attack, it's as good as you'll get anywhere in the world, particular if they're all fit and bowling well," he said. "I've got every faith in them - we've just got to make sure we bowl the right line and length. It's the old adage - you bowl too short in England, you're easy pickings."

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  • Matt. on July 1, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    why isn't McDermott on a plane already??

  • Vishnu27 on July 1, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    RednWhiteArmy: slight issue with the whole 10-nil thing; you'll get flogged at the WACA (as always)

  • vj_gooner on June 30, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Australia have played only one match (that too - a warm-up match) under Lehmann but I don't know why, I feel so relieved and happy.

    The mood is very good and the only way is forward now!!

    Come On Aussies!!!!

  • Insult_2_Injury on June 30, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    It may be too early to tell, but it appears sanity is returning after the last coupla years of double speak and medical prevention theories. We can only hope. The one consistency through all of that computer modelled 'coaching philosophy' was the performance of Lehman whose charges performed against the 'grain' in three different arenas. Good luck Australia, no doubt we'll see a glimmer in the Ashes and the real results start to show in the coming Aussie summer. A breath of fresh air. Now if only CA spends some of their TV rights windfall on realistic pathways for players, we may not see such knee jerk reaction when the next inevitable cycle in performance occurs.

  • on June 30, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Australia will regain their supermacy against england in Ashes series under Lehmann.

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 30, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    Yep get Warne involved. Then we'll have extra motivation for the 10 - 0 dual whitewash

  • cloudmess on June 29, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    This all looks a little ominous for England. Somerset easily despatched. Batters and bowlers looking in good form. A popular and common-sensical coach appointed, who is bound to lift morale (we only hope he doesn't strap on his pads too). And England's response to all of this has been some Ted Dexter-ish poetry.

  • on June 29, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    The obvious punt is K Rudd and Australia the double. Resurgent, I tell you, resurgent.

  • landl47 on June 29, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    The thing that McDermott gets is that bowlers must bowl full lengths in order to get meaningful movement. Too short and the ball won't get that late swing or seam movement which is what gets top international batsmen out. Maybe he could tell Broad and Finn that, too.

    Warne was a naturally brilliant bowler and what worked for him is practically unteachable. As a captain he got bored far too easily to be a really good test captain, though he would have been excellent in the shorter formats. He's a fun guy to have around, but someone like Steve Waugh would be far more valuable in communicating the mindset necessary to play test cricket.

    It's great that Lehmann follows a more open-door policy. Hopefully the players will buy into the idea that they're all in this together. It can only be good for team morale.

  • nakihunter on June 29, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Australian temas have always been great fighters who had great self belief. The big differnce to South African psyche (they are also great fighters) is that SA culture is a lot more serious. If you look at their Rugby & past cricket teams, conflict never upset team performance. Australian psyche never handled conflit within the team very well. Under Greg Chappel's captaincy in the 70's the team had issues with management & did poorly. Andrew Symons saga is well known. Mohali homework is another example of a South African mindset classing with the fair dinkum Aussie style. I expect Shane Watson to do very well in this Ashes. He will want to prove a point to all. He is a very competitive player and he will perform.

  • Matt. on July 1, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    why isn't McDermott on a plane already??

  • Vishnu27 on July 1, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    RednWhiteArmy: slight issue with the whole 10-nil thing; you'll get flogged at the WACA (as always)

  • vj_gooner on June 30, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Australia have played only one match (that too - a warm-up match) under Lehmann but I don't know why, I feel so relieved and happy.

    The mood is very good and the only way is forward now!!

    Come On Aussies!!!!

  • Insult_2_Injury on June 30, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    It may be too early to tell, but it appears sanity is returning after the last coupla years of double speak and medical prevention theories. We can only hope. The one consistency through all of that computer modelled 'coaching philosophy' was the performance of Lehman whose charges performed against the 'grain' in three different arenas. Good luck Australia, no doubt we'll see a glimmer in the Ashes and the real results start to show in the coming Aussie summer. A breath of fresh air. Now if only CA spends some of their TV rights windfall on realistic pathways for players, we may not see such knee jerk reaction when the next inevitable cycle in performance occurs.

  • on June 30, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Australia will regain their supermacy against england in Ashes series under Lehmann.

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 30, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    Yep get Warne involved. Then we'll have extra motivation for the 10 - 0 dual whitewash

  • cloudmess on June 29, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    This all looks a little ominous for England. Somerset easily despatched. Batters and bowlers looking in good form. A popular and common-sensical coach appointed, who is bound to lift morale (we only hope he doesn't strap on his pads too). And England's response to all of this has been some Ted Dexter-ish poetry.

  • on June 29, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    The obvious punt is K Rudd and Australia the double. Resurgent, I tell you, resurgent.

  • landl47 on June 29, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    The thing that McDermott gets is that bowlers must bowl full lengths in order to get meaningful movement. Too short and the ball won't get that late swing or seam movement which is what gets top international batsmen out. Maybe he could tell Broad and Finn that, too.

    Warne was a naturally brilliant bowler and what worked for him is practically unteachable. As a captain he got bored far too easily to be a really good test captain, though he would have been excellent in the shorter formats. He's a fun guy to have around, but someone like Steve Waugh would be far more valuable in communicating the mindset necessary to play test cricket.

    It's great that Lehmann follows a more open-door policy. Hopefully the players will buy into the idea that they're all in this together. It can only be good for team morale.

  • nakihunter on June 29, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Australian temas have always been great fighters who had great self belief. The big differnce to South African psyche (they are also great fighters) is that SA culture is a lot more serious. If you look at their Rugby & past cricket teams, conflict never upset team performance. Australian psyche never handled conflit within the team very well. Under Greg Chappel's captaincy in the 70's the team had issues with management & did poorly. Andrew Symons saga is well known. Mohali homework is another example of a South African mindset classing with the fair dinkum Aussie style. I expect Shane Watson to do very well in this Ashes. He will want to prove a point to all. He is a very competitive player and he will perform.

  • dunger.bob on June 29, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Thank God for common sense. It sounds to me as though there is a definite push to get the team out of the clutches of the medical/computer jockeys and back into the hands of real cricketers. .. and not a moment too soon either. ..

    I loved Warnes comment: Boof isn't a real coach of course. LOL .

    Seriously though, win lose or draw from here on in, this is still the right move for us.

  • heathrf1974 on June 29, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    Well. At least we may begin to find out whether these players were poorly coached by Arthur or not. It's in the player's corner.

  • Cricket24 on June 28, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL- Warne was a once in a 50 years sensation and even if he tried developing new wrist spinners, theres only so much he can do

  • on June 28, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Australia have a long history of being pilloried by the English press and players in the lead-up to an Ashes series and you don't have to look too far back to find teams who have "unexpectedly" hoisted the urn and brought it back to Oz. With Boof taking over as coach, expect more application and flamboyance. Hopefully we will never again see an overseas coach in charge of an Australian cricket team - there is more than enough home grown talent. Get rid of some more dead wood masquerading as so called experts and bring in more ex-players who have a greater knowledge of the game. McDermott has proven his worth before. Expect this series to be a lot closer than many think.

  • saravanan.s on June 28, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Along with Lehmann If Craig McDermott Joins I certainly feel AUS has every possiblity to win the Ashes back and they can even continue that on the Home series also. Because he brings the Old school method of Bowl on the Good length and make the batsman Drive every time (don't worry about couple of Fours hear & there).Siddle was never a Great Swing bowler, but he extracted swing 2 yr's when Aus won against to India 4-0. To me If you have strong bowling unit, I'm sure that will Boost the confidence on batsman and they will start scoring Runs and finding some impossible FORM.

  • RandyOZ on June 28, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    McDermott and Warne both need to be in the mix with Lehmann. Forget these people who have never played.

  • siddhartha87 on June 28, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    very good decision by CA.Hopefully this guys can motivate likes of Watson,Warner ,Hughes etc to perform better.It's just a matter of a series win.This aussie team has the the talent and i am pretty sure if they manage to beat England the old style Aussie domination will resume

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 28, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Well about time! Warne has been criticising, and criticising for ages now. He should have been out there developing new wrist-spinners ages ago.

  • Chris_P on June 28, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    The sooner Craig McDermott is involved the better. Again the process will take time, but at least we should put up a better performance than I was fearing a week ago.

  • Green_and_Gold on June 28, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Im glad that there are a lot more positive articles about the aussie team. Since boof has come on board there seems to be a much more positive gibe in the team and supporters. Would love Mcdermott to come back at an official capacity as he did wonders with our bowlers. I dont think Warnie will ever help at an official capacity - its just not him or his style (as he mentions himself in the artilce). Its a shame but being there to listen and mentor players will no doubt add value regardless of the way its done. Has anyone got warnies number - im struggling at club cricket and could use some good advise (although im a batsman so maybe best not to get advice from Warne!).

  • VVSR92 on June 28, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    aussies can benifit from boof presence as he definetly bring back their culture , moreover if legends like warne , mcgrath chip in whever they can players can really draw inspiration , but should be aware of fact that too many cooks spoil the dish .

  • PrasPunter on June 28, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    one would hope that all these good things translate to winning performances on the field. It counts for nothing if we can't win test-matches. Even lesser teams can win ODI tournaments, but to win test-series away from home in challenging conditions makes a team, something which we have done pretty well in the past. Hope Boof takes us back to that era - wishful thinking though.

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  • PrasPunter on June 28, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    one would hope that all these good things translate to winning performances on the field. It counts for nothing if we can't win test-matches. Even lesser teams can win ODI tournaments, but to win test-series away from home in challenging conditions makes a team, something which we have done pretty well in the past. Hope Boof takes us back to that era - wishful thinking though.

  • VVSR92 on June 28, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    aussies can benifit from boof presence as he definetly bring back their culture , moreover if legends like warne , mcgrath chip in whever they can players can really draw inspiration , but should be aware of fact that too many cooks spoil the dish .

  • Green_and_Gold on June 28, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Im glad that there are a lot more positive articles about the aussie team. Since boof has come on board there seems to be a much more positive gibe in the team and supporters. Would love Mcdermott to come back at an official capacity as he did wonders with our bowlers. I dont think Warnie will ever help at an official capacity - its just not him or his style (as he mentions himself in the artilce). Its a shame but being there to listen and mentor players will no doubt add value regardless of the way its done. Has anyone got warnies number - im struggling at club cricket and could use some good advise (although im a batsman so maybe best not to get advice from Warne!).

  • Chris_P on June 28, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    The sooner Craig McDermott is involved the better. Again the process will take time, but at least we should put up a better performance than I was fearing a week ago.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 28, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Well about time! Warne has been criticising, and criticising for ages now. He should have been out there developing new wrist-spinners ages ago.

  • siddhartha87 on June 28, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    very good decision by CA.Hopefully this guys can motivate likes of Watson,Warner ,Hughes etc to perform better.It's just a matter of a series win.This aussie team has the the talent and i am pretty sure if they manage to beat England the old style Aussie domination will resume

  • RandyOZ on June 28, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    McDermott and Warne both need to be in the mix with Lehmann. Forget these people who have never played.

  • saravanan.s on June 28, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Along with Lehmann If Craig McDermott Joins I certainly feel AUS has every possiblity to win the Ashes back and they can even continue that on the Home series also. Because he brings the Old school method of Bowl on the Good length and make the batsman Drive every time (don't worry about couple of Fours hear & there).Siddle was never a Great Swing bowler, but he extracted swing 2 yr's when Aus won against to India 4-0. To me If you have strong bowling unit, I'm sure that will Boost the confidence on batsman and they will start scoring Runs and finding some impossible FORM.

  • on June 28, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Australia have a long history of being pilloried by the English press and players in the lead-up to an Ashes series and you don't have to look too far back to find teams who have "unexpectedly" hoisted the urn and brought it back to Oz. With Boof taking over as coach, expect more application and flamboyance. Hopefully we will never again see an overseas coach in charge of an Australian cricket team - there is more than enough home grown talent. Get rid of some more dead wood masquerading as so called experts and bring in more ex-players who have a greater knowledge of the game. McDermott has proven his worth before. Expect this series to be a lot closer than many think.

  • Cricket24 on June 28, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL- Warne was a once in a 50 years sensation and even if he tried developing new wrist spinners, theres only so much he can do