Australia news June 24, 2013

Lehmann appointed Australia coach until 2015

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Darren Lehmann has declared he will use honesty and enjoyment to stamp out a mass of off-field problems and inject confidence into an Australian team that is now commencing their Ashes campaign with a new but trusted coach.

Lehmann has been appointed Australia's new head coach until the end of the 2015 World Cup after Mickey Arthur was sacked over what Cricket Australia called failures of discipline, consistency of behaviour and accountability. Lehmann will take over immediately and has just over two weeks to prepare the squad for the first Ashes Test after the drastic decision by Cricket Australia's management.

"There won't be any ongoing problems. We'll get everything right off the field," Lehmann said. "It's important to talk about the game, whether it's with a beer or a Diet Coke I don't mind, to be perfectly honest. It's about learning the game and improving our skills. That's what we're about on this tour, improving our skills as cricketers and people, and performing at the level everyone would expect back home for us to do.

"It's a challenge for all the playing group and everyone involved. The team is going to play a certain way. We're going to play an aggressive brand of cricket that entertains the fans but also gets the job done on and off the field. I'm excited by the challenge."

James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, sat alongside the team performance manager Pat Howard and explained the decision.

"This has been a difficult decision to make but one that we feel is necessary," Sutherland said. "We are looking to establish a high-performing Australian cricket team that is consistent over a period of time. To achieve that, we need all the parts moving in the right direction. Recent on-field results have been too inconsistent.

"Discipline, consistency of behaviour and accountability for performance are all key ingredients that need to improve. And we see that the head coach is ultimately responsible for that. The Cricket Australia board decided yesterday that Mickey Arthur should not continue as head coach of the Australian cricket team. In taking this decision, the board accepted the recommendation to make an immediate change as being in the best interests of the team.

"The timing is far from ideal but we didn't feel we could sit back and hope matters would change without addressing issues critical to a high performing team culture. It obviously isn't the type of change we want to make three weeks out from the Ashes commencing but we believe a change is needed."

Sutherland also accepted responsibility for the management of the team slipping so far out of hand that Arthur's sacking had arrived at such an inopportune moment, even though concerns around the team had been mounting from the moment Michael Hussey joined Ricky Ponting in retirement last summer.

"Certainly it causes me to reflect on issues and performance related matters that as an organisation we need to take responsibility for," Sutherland said. "I guess that's why we're grasping the nettle today and we're making a decision to make change perhaps ahead of where public expectation might be because we're not going to allow things to remain the same. Status quo isn't good enough and we need improved performance improved accountability and we expect to see that over the coming months.

"I think we all need to take responsibility for ultimately performance. One of the key objectives as an organisation is for all teams to perform to their utmost ability. Between Pat and I we take responsibility for that and we've made a difficult decision today to move forward and hopefully we'll get the response we hope for and expect."

Sutherland acknowledged that Lehmann's position as a widely respected figure in Australian cricket and popular coach at state and IPL levels would help provide a bridge over the gap left by Hussey and Ponting, one that Arthur had failed to deal with in India and in the early weeks of the tour of the UK.

"Mickey's job was made tougher by the departures, perhaps premature departures of Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting," Sutherland said. "That's not an excuse, that's how it happened. But certainly Darren is close to the players, he knows a lot of them, a couple of them actually played with him. And I think that's another reason why I have great confidence sitting here today in saying I believe the players will respond very positively under Darren.

"The board considered him the outstanding candidate to drive the cultural change required in the team and to take it to the number one ranking in all formats of the game. No-one is underestimating the task at hand but we believe he is the right man for the job. It is up to the players to respond under his leadership and demonstrate their commitment to a successful Australian team."

Arthur conceded that the team had not galvanised sufficiently under his tenure.

"The reality is when you take a job on as head coach you are totally responsible for the outcomes," he said. "The players are a young group learning the way. I'm very structured in the way I go about things. I'm a man of principle, I try and get the team going in one direction because I firmly believe a team with culture is a successful team.

"I don't feel let down by the players at all. At the end of the day you live and die by the sword and I gave this job 100% of my time over the last couple of years. The disappointing thing is I thought we were nearly there to cracking it, I really do. I take responsibility for it."

Lehmann said that he would set out quickly to eradicate any issues with team culture and off-field standards, and that his focus as coach would be to ensure the players learnt what they needed to about the game and improved their skills.

CA also confirmed that the captain Michael Clarke has stood down from the selection panel. Clarke was appointed to the five-man panel after the Argus Report recommended that the captain and coach become more accountable by officially being part of the selection process.

"Michael first approached Pat Howard in March after the recent Indian series and requested to stand down as a selector so that he could focus on the team and avoid any perceived conflicts of interest," Sutherland said. "Being a team selector was proving to be a significant drain on Michael's time and he sees this as distracting from his primary responsibilities as a player and as captain."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • sarangsrk on June 24, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    I am an Indian but have followed Australian cricket very closely over the last 15-20 odd years. This change is absolutely spot on from CA and this is something they should have done in the first place. Lehmann was an ace cricketer and a certain Shane Warne spoke so highly of Lehmann for his cricketing abilities and strategic thinking. Gilly brought him to IPL and with a limited team, they did pretty well. Looking at the way things have panned out in last few months, I believe this crop of aussies is not made of same rough/tough behaviour that Waughs, Ponting,Warne were made of. They are not "self-start" kind of breed and they would need to be carefully groomed and put on right path rather than just dropping from the team because of no homework or out at bar in the night. They should feel and act more accountable and responsible. I would like to see Lehmann bring that culture, that fight back in Aussie team and also bring in greats like Ponting, Waughs, Warne for some peptalks.

  • ravi_hari on June 24, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Better late than never. The best possible decision for Aussies. The timing may be wrong, but very much needed. I wrote earlier too that Arthur is not doing his job and is destroying this side than building it. Look at how Flower built England, Kirsten - India and SA and now Fletcher re-grouping India. Each one have brought the teams back to the top after starting off with big defeats. With Arthur around, Aussies never looked like winning. I am sure, being an Aussie himself, Lehmann will inculcate the much needed aggression and the killer instinct among the present lot. Darren is also very much in touch with the game with his coaching assignments which augurs well for the team. I think he will be an 'elder brother' for many players like Watson, Warner, Jhonson, Hughes, etc. who are in precarious positions owing to various factors. I am sure he will bring back that team spirit Aussies are known for and England will now have to fight a formidable, re-juvinated Aussies. All the best Darren

  • popcorn on June 28, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    It is amazing how the WHOLE OF Australia have united with Darren Lehmann! Everybody wants to help him and the Aussie Cricketers - Shane Warne, Craig McDermott.Everyone says how wrong it was to appoint Mickey Arthur. I agree with that too. How can a South African understand the Aussie Culture? And the players showed their dislike through revolt.I think it is good thing that Lehmann has been appointed. Right on Time for The Ashes.

    The first two Tests - at Trent Bridge nd Lord's - will favour Aussie pace and swing,and with a strong batting performance, we will go up 2 up.

    Cheers,

    Raj

  • Clyde on June 26, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Arthur baffling to the end. He is so often quoted on such things as that the coach is totally responsible for 'outcomes'. Now, I think, but I am not sure, he and the report mean on-field performance, especially in Tests. It is the bleeding obvious, and Ian Chappell has pointed it out often enough, that Arthur was not on the field, and so could not be responsible for any outcomes there. I think the Argus-Arthur period will go down in the history of Australian cricket as a dark or Inquisition age, in which the world was turned upside down and, through mystification, a collection of hierophants inveigled the knights into to turn their swords inwards.

  • David_Bofinger on June 26, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    How about Ricky Ponting as a selector? He was always well-known for his attention to up-and-coming players - he even followed first grade cricket, keeping an eye on future first class players. The Hilditch era did huge damage to the Australian team, Ponting seems a good candidate to fix it.

  • Wallaroo on June 25, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Good decision to fire Arthur and bring in Lehmann, Lehmann will get a lot more out of the team and IMO is a better coach.

    Next move tell Michael Clarke to step down and bring in a captain that can lead and inspire the team. He may be a great batsman but he is not even a okay leader. He doesn't like Smith or O'Keefe because they have the guts to say it like it is, honestly if Warne was in the team Clarke wouldn't want him in either.

    Time for Aus to be reinstated into our rightful position of no.1, very unlikely under Clarke though.

  • dieseldoc on June 25, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    without Clarke as a selector Simon Katich would have played many more tests..a great waste of great talent

  • The_Wolvarun on June 25, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Yes, yes and YEEEESSS mate, we are in full support of move, it is time we move on and get back to our no. 1 position in International cricket, the whole of Australia is backing you, make us proud...

  • AidanFX on June 25, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Does this mean Pattinson finally - is selected for every test game; bar injury. Does this mean Siddle gets selected in a deciding Test match (irrespective how tired he may be from the previous match). Does this mean we no longer have a b side One day team and all our best pace bowlers and batsmen get to line up in the side - just like the old glory days of cricket, when Australia dominated both Test and One Day cricket, something England has not achieved despite their vast improvement in Tests in recent eras.

  • on June 25, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Looks like Micky Arthur failed to prepare a nice power point presentation.

  • sarangsrk on June 24, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    I am an Indian but have followed Australian cricket very closely over the last 15-20 odd years. This change is absolutely spot on from CA and this is something they should have done in the first place. Lehmann was an ace cricketer and a certain Shane Warne spoke so highly of Lehmann for his cricketing abilities and strategic thinking. Gilly brought him to IPL and with a limited team, they did pretty well. Looking at the way things have panned out in last few months, I believe this crop of aussies is not made of same rough/tough behaviour that Waughs, Ponting,Warne were made of. They are not "self-start" kind of breed and they would need to be carefully groomed and put on right path rather than just dropping from the team because of no homework or out at bar in the night. They should feel and act more accountable and responsible. I would like to see Lehmann bring that culture, that fight back in Aussie team and also bring in greats like Ponting, Waughs, Warne for some peptalks.

  • ravi_hari on June 24, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Better late than never. The best possible decision for Aussies. The timing may be wrong, but very much needed. I wrote earlier too that Arthur is not doing his job and is destroying this side than building it. Look at how Flower built England, Kirsten - India and SA and now Fletcher re-grouping India. Each one have brought the teams back to the top after starting off with big defeats. With Arthur around, Aussies never looked like winning. I am sure, being an Aussie himself, Lehmann will inculcate the much needed aggression and the killer instinct among the present lot. Darren is also very much in touch with the game with his coaching assignments which augurs well for the team. I think he will be an 'elder brother' for many players like Watson, Warner, Jhonson, Hughes, etc. who are in precarious positions owing to various factors. I am sure he will bring back that team spirit Aussies are known for and England will now have to fight a formidable, re-juvinated Aussies. All the best Darren

  • popcorn on June 28, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    It is amazing how the WHOLE OF Australia have united with Darren Lehmann! Everybody wants to help him and the Aussie Cricketers - Shane Warne, Craig McDermott.Everyone says how wrong it was to appoint Mickey Arthur. I agree with that too. How can a South African understand the Aussie Culture? And the players showed their dislike through revolt.I think it is good thing that Lehmann has been appointed. Right on Time for The Ashes.

    The first two Tests - at Trent Bridge nd Lord's - will favour Aussie pace and swing,and with a strong batting performance, we will go up 2 up.

    Cheers,

    Raj

  • Clyde on June 26, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Arthur baffling to the end. He is so often quoted on such things as that the coach is totally responsible for 'outcomes'. Now, I think, but I am not sure, he and the report mean on-field performance, especially in Tests. It is the bleeding obvious, and Ian Chappell has pointed it out often enough, that Arthur was not on the field, and so could not be responsible for any outcomes there. I think the Argus-Arthur period will go down in the history of Australian cricket as a dark or Inquisition age, in which the world was turned upside down and, through mystification, a collection of hierophants inveigled the knights into to turn their swords inwards.

  • David_Bofinger on June 26, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    How about Ricky Ponting as a selector? He was always well-known for his attention to up-and-coming players - he even followed first grade cricket, keeping an eye on future first class players. The Hilditch era did huge damage to the Australian team, Ponting seems a good candidate to fix it.

  • Wallaroo on June 25, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Good decision to fire Arthur and bring in Lehmann, Lehmann will get a lot more out of the team and IMO is a better coach.

    Next move tell Michael Clarke to step down and bring in a captain that can lead and inspire the team. He may be a great batsman but he is not even a okay leader. He doesn't like Smith or O'Keefe because they have the guts to say it like it is, honestly if Warne was in the team Clarke wouldn't want him in either.

    Time for Aus to be reinstated into our rightful position of no.1, very unlikely under Clarke though.

  • dieseldoc on June 25, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    without Clarke as a selector Simon Katich would have played many more tests..a great waste of great talent

  • The_Wolvarun on June 25, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Yes, yes and YEEEESSS mate, we are in full support of move, it is time we move on and get back to our no. 1 position in International cricket, the whole of Australia is backing you, make us proud...

  • AidanFX on June 25, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Does this mean Pattinson finally - is selected for every test game; bar injury. Does this mean Siddle gets selected in a deciding Test match (irrespective how tired he may be from the previous match). Does this mean we no longer have a b side One day team and all our best pace bowlers and batsmen get to line up in the side - just like the old glory days of cricket, when Australia dominated both Test and One Day cricket, something England has not achieved despite their vast improvement in Tests in recent eras.

  • on June 25, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Looks like Micky Arthur failed to prepare a nice power point presentation.

  • on June 25, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Wishing we could have that in the Windies!!!

  • on June 25, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    One thing that has flown under the radar in the leadup to this Ashes series is that this is one of the better pace attacks an Aussie side has taken to England. It has depth and variety. Jackson Bird is a very underated bowler who , if given an opportunity, could prove a real handful in English conditions. Pat Cummins also sitting in the wings, could be a major factor on the return leg on Aussie soil. Two emerging Aussie batsmen are Silk and Maddinson...look to these in the Aussie summer Ashes as well. Khawaja has been unlucky in his test career. His technique appears sound, but he has been out-thought leading to some silly dismissals. Lehmann will be a breath of fresh air to the team and given time will hopefully gets some great wins under his belt. One thing that needs to be addressed as a priority is the nonsensical selection of numerous all-rounders in the team. To select Watson, Maxwell, and Henriques in the same test side doesnt make for a stable batting line-up at all.

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 24, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    Now all australia need is a whole new team & your sorted!

  • cricmatters on June 24, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    Too little Too late. It won't make any difference to the final Ashes Scoreline. Australian dressing room is a toxic place with too many bloated egos floating around without any purpose or direction. Most of them are looking after their own self interest with no motivation or hunger to win. Michale Clarke is a pathetic captain who has no clue on how to lead men (not boys) to a beach ball game let alone the Ashes contest. Winning starts with self belief and sadly Australia has forgotten how to win.

  • on June 24, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    Arthur faced exactly the same predicament as Robbie Deans . . . change a bunch of also rans into a team of world beaters. The core issue being neither are australian. The moment a non-australian is appointed the knives are out and the coach is undermined from day 1. The administrators should fall on their swords for making a decision that is un-australian. The same fate awaits Robbie Deans when the wallabies lose the series against the Lions.

  • obstreperous on June 24, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    I guess this ends Australia's experiment with overseas coaches. Yet one can't help but get the impression that Arthur has been scapegoated by an increasing desperate management team at CA. If the CA Board has any further personnel changes in mind they might consider getting a team performance manager who has actually played cricket.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on June 24, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Hi its good his term is untill 2015.......But lehmann is not as good move as AUS should ......anyway good Luck

  • whoster on June 24, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Lehmann sounds like a good choice, mainly because he seems a likeable guy who's good at galvanising players. A coach is only as good as his players though, and he shouldn't be seen as an instant messiah for Australia. Mickey Arthur was obviously a bad choice for them, and his rigid discipline, together with daft and evidence-less propaganda ("best all-round bowling attack in the world"), made him look a bit of a joke. With the players the Aussies have at their disposal, it looks pretty grim for them. Anyway, Lehmann's appointment will enhance their chances of putting up a fight.

  • Chris_P on June 24, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    I got a lot of time for Mickey Arthur but he wasn't the right man for the job at that point of time. I would add John Buchanan to that as well. Steve Rixon & Boof have the personality for this transition phase, & Boof's appointment smacks of common sense, so good luck for him. Under him, it can only get better with this team. I still think, however, a couple of players in the squad owe Mickey Arthur a huge apology for their actions.

  • thephill on June 24, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    I bet Khawaja is happy about this decision. Lehman has been a vocal supporter of his for some time now, and he seems to have the ability to get the best out of him. If i was an english supporter, Lehmans appointment would be the first thing i have seen in Aust cricket to make me nervous for quite a few years.

  • kc69 on June 24, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    What can a new coach do when good players are injured or not so good players represent the national side.

  • on June 24, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Coaches have to have the respect of the players and where coaches have not had significant international careers then they have problems. Mickey Arthur was a journeyman and unfortunately did not have the pedigree for the demanding post with Cricket Australia. Lehmann has been there done that - it makes a difference when you make a suggestion to a player. What next Pat Crawford? The players are more important than the coaches, they make it happen so this respect is all important from the coaches perspective.

  • skilebow on June 24, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Being a Yorkshireman, Lehmann is one of my favourite ever players. Good luck Darren as long as it starts in February 2014!

  • MrPud on June 24, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Hooray! They have finally got the right man for the job. Boof will bring back the whole reason why we play cricket in the first place... FUN. He will bring back teamwork and actually be able to coach the players with their skills. Look at his influence at Queensland, Yorkshire and in IPL. Players move states to play under him. Expect a dramatic improvement.

  • agaglani on June 24, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    it has been all downhill for Aussies since Sydney test against India. They lost all their great players and have won nothing in last4 years.

  • on June 24, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    I am from Pakistan and avid follower and fan of Aussie Team. Australian Cricket need another such brave yet bold decision - Chat with Hussey to take him out of retirement until the Ashes at least. Young blood is good, but right now Australian middle-order is way too much thin on experience, determination and responsibility. Keep Shane Watson at six, Hussey at 5, Clarke at 4, Hughes /Khawaja at 3 with Covan and Warner openers.

    I know what I am voicing is like an echo from the tip of a mountain, but I am sure few will disagree.

  • agaglani on June 24, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    The best man at the moment is Allan Border to take coaching of Aussies. I remember the way he led Aussies in 90'S after Kim Hughes resigned. He went for the players who wanted nothing but to win like Marsh, Boon, Dean Jones, Steve Waugh and Mcdermott.

  • on June 24, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    64blip, you have conveniently forgotten that the same Australia A scored 4/300 odd in the first innings and would have scored 500+ if they'd gone on. There are some very promising players there. England have the better top six batsman but similar to both the spin bowling and pace attacks, Australia has much better depth. If the first six batsmen in both teams fell under a bus, Australia would win the Ashes....

  • sonicattack on June 24, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    @dashgar....and Warne, Ponting, Gilchrist, Hayden?...I'm sure that might be a pleasant though for many Australian fans but I can't see why it would happen. Was it due to Arthur's regime that Hussey retired? or Clarke's? or had he just had enough of the pressure and really wanted to spend more time with his young family? Australia need to look forward - as difficult as it might be - not back!

  • pomkul on June 24, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    This is a really vry good move by the oz.

  • GrindAR on June 24, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Arthur was never an inspiration to playing team of CA. Good move probably at important time (before Ashes). Sure this will bring positive mindset to the depleted team. Then other critical skills stuffs will follow... rather quickly. Hope so...

  • 30-30-150 on June 24, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    This should be the Test team in the future: Cowan, Watson, Khawaja, Clarke (c), Ferguson, Henriques, Haddin (wk), O'Keefe, Harris, Starc, Pattinson/Cummins

  • whatawicket on June 24, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    well they don't have that much confidence in him if its only till 2015. but in saying that i think he will do a sound job. i for one though would have thought big Tom would have been the one to go for. hes had the experience of coaching in the top flight,and i think hes just a thoroughly good egg, unless hes of the opinion that he does not want to leave West Australia as i believe that was the reason he left SL. I for one would be happy when AF leaves England to have big Tom as coach as i think hes top draw, mind i also think we have the best coach of all the countries now but like everything, they have their shelf life.

  • Rhygwyn on June 24, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    @ Jimcine James Fernandez - I love it when people on the internet take random phrases like "under my leadership" and read the world into it. It is just a phrase dude. He is admitting that things aren't going well and he is the point man for the blame. He is taking it on the chin. There is nothing to analyse in the semantics of the words chosen.

  • on June 24, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Changing the coach can only give you good results of the players have ability. In this case, they have proved they don't. One can keep changing the coach but is Bangladesh (Sorry BD fans, I couldn't find a better analogy for the current AUS team) going to win a test series in South Africa with their current team? Same logic applies here. Unless a team has a mix of batsmen, seamers spinners and a good wicket keeper, they are not going to do well. Australia's best XI cricketers consists of ten fast bowlers and Clarke.

  • Rhygwyn on June 24, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Warner, Watson, Hughes, Cowan and co just are not such great batsmen. Ha look at their 4-day records. They are 45 max and less. A coach can only do so much. None of those three form a world beating batting line up. Right there is the problem for Australia.

    They aren't bad batsmen as they are good enough to score centuries and win matches but they can't be expected to be as dominating as Ponting or Hayden and if those teams do sports 50+ batters they will struggle more often than not, bowling being equal.

    Oz only has Clarke in that mold for now. Eventually those types of players will reappear but right now Oz is stuck with subpar (relative to the past) talent. And they are suffering what most teams suffer for decades/generations at a time, no top class attacking spinner. Welcome to the real world, Australia.

  • on June 24, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    This much more like it. The absolute last thing this generation of players needed was a principal/teacher-like sort that handed out homework because they are the type - just like rebelling teenagers - to turn their backs on it and say nah, you cant tell us what to do, we're not doing it. This team of, lets face it - spolit kids - needs a stronger, firmer fatherly-sort and Lehmann fits the bill perfectly. A strict disciplinarian is really the last thing this team needed. No, let me fix that - a captain AGREEING to everything a strict disciplinarian sort is even worse. Clarke has been utterly useless, a pawn willing to say yes to anything and of no benefit whatsoever.

  • on June 24, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    finally a very good decision from CA. Really appreciate it

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 24, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    O.K. first job(s): 1. get rid of all short-format specialists like Warner, Hughes and Wade; 2. Bring in decent bowlers like O'Keefe and McKay; 3. Replace injured players like Clarke like-for-like, not Steve Smiths!

  • Jaffa79 on June 24, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    I'll be interested to know what the regular Aussie posters on these pages think that all of the recent changes will have on Clarke's leadership. You can't help but be impressed with Clarke's dynamic captaincy on the field, which is in stark contrast to Cook's predictable and conservative approach and this is one of the few areas in which the Aussies have a distinct advantage. It'll be interesting to see whether Clarke has lost some of the dressing room and is associated with Arthur, who had clearly alienated quite a few of the squad. I can't help but feeling that however tactically astute Clarke is, he is someone that is divisive and not someone who will get the best out of his men on a long and arduous tour.

  • 64blip on June 24, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    This is the Lehman who just coached Aussie A to 111 all out versus a second string, second division CC attack? That might sound as if I'm having a crack at Lehman, but what I actually mean is that you can't turn a pig's ear into a silk purse. A lot of Aussie posters still seem to think they have a team of world-beating batsmen who are simply lacking a coach who understands the Aussie mentality. I doubt this is the squad Lehman would have chosen. The return leg in Australia has become a tougher one though.

  • BabaBooey on June 24, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Long-awaited decision by CA. Darren Lehmann has the ability to take Australian sledging to new heights! Warner will definitely flourish under his wing.

  • siddhartha87 on June 24, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Great news. Lehman really got great personality.He had tasted wc win 2 times so experience not a problem too. I hope CA some how bring Gilly to the mixture too.He has the best attitude towards the game.As bowling coach bring back McDermott.Some one like McGreth would be great too.Likes of Steve Waugh should start getting involved too. Waugh and Border had same type team as now back in mid eighties. That pair triggered 20 year long aussie domination. They can do it again.

  • on June 24, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    The problem is that we are between generations of players in terms of hardened maturity. Who will play the roles of Border and S. Waugh? Someone needs to step up and be the hard man, or it will be '80's redux.

  • balajik1968 on June 24, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    I personally feel that Lehmann could do well; he could administer the kick up the backside I feel some of the Aussie players need. Victory and defeat are all in the game; what disappointed me was how poorly the Aussies played in India. I am an Indian fan, but never did I expect 4-0. Time also for the Aussie players to look inward; they have to ask themselves; do I deserve to be in the team with this kind of average? Too many guys with average in the 30's. And numbers don't lie; you aren't a good batsman until you average in the mid-40's; you aren't a great batsman until you average in the 50's. Simpson just taught the Aussies a few things they seemed to have forgotten, like good fielding, consistent bowling and rotating the strike. His biggest contribution was identifying players with potential and attitude to go all the way. Can Lehmann do this?

  • on June 24, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    I am not concerned about the Australian Cricket but the decision they've made to replace Arthur is a right decision. He shouldn't have been appointed in the first place as what he did with SA Cricket. Any way he is out and a new one has been appointed. I think Lehman is lot better than Arthur. He was a good player, lot of practical experience as a player and as a coach. He knows the Australian Cricketers better than Arthur and new their cricket culture better. He was a member the best ever Australian team; that experience will help him to bring the winning culture back.

    Now a days I don't understand the philosophy of appointing a coach who has no experience of international cricket but still planning and teaching to players how to play? With theoretical knowledge one needs to have a good practical experience in international cricket to be a coach of a team. I am appreciating the CA decision to remove Arther and appoint Darren Lehman as their head coach. All the best to Lehman......

  • on June 24, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Arthur said. "I certainly wanted to see the job through but I accept that the team hasn't been completely galvanised under my leadership and our performances have been inconsistent.

    The minute, a coach says that a cricket team is "under" his leadership, you just know the team ethic is not right. The coach is a guidance system of experience to the players with raw skill and taking them to a platform of cultured, matured athletes who understand the game.

    I hope Lehmann understands this and instills confidence in the players because that is what is lacking most in this Australian outfit. All the best Boof!!

  • dkrstar on June 24, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Great news! A coach does make a big diff in a team's success... Positive that Lehmann will fare 1000 times better than Arthur in terms of running the team.. An Australian is the best to coach an Australian because an outsider generally tries to change the team culture, which might be affecting their performances off late.. Now Australia stand some chance of winning the Ashes :)

  • heathrf1974 on June 24, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Good decision. But it is really the players that need to respond. I feel for Mickey, but I guess the players hopefully will respond better to an ex-Aussie test player. The Aussie fans also like boof, so if results don't occur it won't be the coach who gets sacked next time round.

  • Dashgar on June 24, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Just so you heard it here first. I have a hunch this could lead to the return of Mr Cricket.

  • on June 24, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    I think that Clarke's decision to forgo the Selector's role is definitely a step in the right direction. With the present state of the team, Clarke needs all his efforts and concentration to be on motivating the players to upgrade their game to the next higher level - that should be his immediate and primary focus. Playing consecutive Ashes series is a completely new challenge for everybody in the team, an experience that none of them have ever had before. It is up to Clarke to ensure that his players are up to it, tactically, physically and mentally. Oh yes! Clarke will have his hands full.

  • on June 24, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    This is just another admission by CA that Aussie cricket is a mess! Sacking the coach just before the biggest series in the world smacks of desperation. As does changing a nation's laws to accommodate a mediocre leggie. Despite what the Aussies think, Eng CAN play leg-spin;the most recent example is the hammering Mishra got last time India were in England. It's QUALITY leggies that they can't play, but the world (let alone this pathetic Aussie team), doesn't have a Shane Warne any more...Maybe they could tempt him out of retirement, or Magill or Hogg along with Ponting! Could set a record for the oldest test team EVER :p As for Lehmann, time will tell, but I can't imagine him doing any WORSE! Even as an England fan I would like to see a competitive Aussie team again for the sake of world cricket.

  • on June 24, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Yes Lehman has done wonders with the Bulls. An inconsistent batting lineup saved by a good bowling unit. much like the australian team at the moment.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on June 24, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Lehman may be an excellent coach , (tom moody was another good choice) but what can any coach do with less than a months preparation time ?? complete disarray and chaos in Australian camp , England looks the exact opposite and will be enjoying this whole show , also the bigger problem still remains - absence of good young batsmen with test match temperament.

  • Barnesy4444 on June 24, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Boof as head coach, Mcdermott as bowling coach, Punter as batting coach, that would be a formula for developing this young group of players. I think the nickname came because when he smacked the ball it was like he was simply 'boofing' it to the boundary.

  • Barnesy4444 on June 24, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    If our batsmen play the way Boof did I will be very pleased. Australia has such a wealth of cricketing experience the last 20 years it made no sense to call in someone from overseas. Finally the right decision has been made, I can feel proud of our national team again, it's being coached by an Aussie!

  • ScottStevo on June 24, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Unimaginably great news! Boof seems the exact type of character we need. Loved his press conference, sounds like he's got it all. Not expecting too much in this series, but I think he can instill a certain level of confidence and if he can go about bringing unity back into the squad, then it could reap some positive results. With no input into this squad, he's at odds, but I'm over the moon with his placement. Feel a little sorry for Arthur, but his number was up and as much as he can talk the talk about culture, the derision under his leadership is all too apparent (not that Clarke, as it would seem, isn't faultless here either). Wish him well for his future as he obviously has a good head for cricket as proved in SA, maybe just bad timing here with CA.

  • CoverDrive888 on June 24, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    I'm surprised Sutherland was up to that but yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!! Arthur has been useless the whole time in my opinion but better late than never. For all those Aussie fans out there for God sake don't expect miracles overnight. Our batting is rubbish at the moment and the problems go a lot deeper than one poor coach. Give Boof some time. Also the best management decision Clarke has taken. He should have known all along that he couldn't be on both sides of the fence and lead the team well. However, also better late than never. In my opinion it's time to get teh coach off the selection panel as well and go back to the old approach - captain and coach are asked for their opinions, selectors decide.

  • on June 24, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    As an Indian fan I would really like to see Aussies back in good form even though one can't say now that they would return to ponting or waugh's era but still with every team like England,India,SL,Pak,WI ,NZ if Aussie will also be as strong as contender for a tournament as the teams above it will only contribute to exciting cricket.And that's all every one wants as a Cricket fan.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on June 24, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    So the recommendations under the Argus review are beginning to be thrown out of the window. Life's coming a full circle. Sadly, I get the impression that its not going to make any impact on the on-field performances.

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 24, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    I quite frankly don't care too much who is coach but rather what they do. We need a coach that is realistic. We need a coach that says to the players when they are going up against a superior team away from home (e.g. touring India) that they probably aren't going to win, but just have a go and try your best. We do not need a coach that bans 4 top players for not doing their homework when that has nothing to do with why they are losing. We need a coach that can get the most out of players, not one that punishes them for things that they simply cannot do. Hopefully Boof can get the Australian mindset going and at least have a bit of fun with it. At least he is Australian so is a better chance of understanding what is required. But we just need realism. We need to do what Allan Border did from 1984-1989, that took Australia from an all-time low to an all-time high. He did it by just having fun and looking at small positives. That's what we need.

  • Batmanian on June 24, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    If you are going to sack the coach on the eve of the Ashes, you could do worse in appointing a replacement. Will be very interesting to see how radically the batting lineup is changed.

  • on June 24, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    this team will be number 1or 2 witnin 2 years

  • nastle on June 24, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Reminds me of NZ Cricket appointing Wright. Experienced down to earth coach that many people were calling for. Just hope Lehmann isn't undermined by other changes, like Wright was.

  • Mary_786 on June 24, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Lehman is a great choice, he has done wonders for the Bulls with limited resources and will bring the culture needed to get us back to where we belong.

  • shirl on June 24, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    thank goodness! Now, let's get rid of this "high performance management" rubbish and the resting of players like Siddle & just maybe we can show an improvement!!

  • Lovetesh on June 24, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    So Argus report finding are falling apart even before applicable for a single Ashes series. Some of the recommendations were anyway baffling. Mickey did what Chappel did to India.

  • on June 24, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    surprised the ausies did not go for tom moody. I don't know that much about aussie cricketing decisions but as an SL fan he took us to number 2 in both odis and tests where we were only second to an aussie team that in my opinion was the best team to ever play this game... Not to mention a world cup final against the same team! Also he was crucial in taking mahela and sanga to the next level as batsman and even bringing through the likes of lasith malinga.... would have been a good choice to rebuild an austraian team but they have made their decision.

  • pratn on June 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Anybody care to explain the nickname boof?

  • Mitty2 on June 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Also, importantly, to the calls of many, Clarke is no longer is selector. With anything practical being irrelevant in aus cricket for so long, this, along with the obvious, but mistimed and left too late dumping of Arthur, has finally brought a necessary fresh air of pragmatism. How grid it is for common sense to prevail.

    On the subject of the timing, is it a bad thing? Will it cause more division? The answer is no to both. The players could not possibly be more split with Clarke as a selector and Arthur as coach, and Lehmann will bring everything that's needed to fix the mentality of these sodden and form and confidence deprived batsmen.

    If we went into the ashes with Arthur as coach. 10-0. With boof, that fighting spirit will be back with none of the servility that we saw in India, and all I can say is that the result will be considerably be improved with boof as coach than with Arthur.

    Also, to complete my day, get rid of Sutherland and Howard, thanks.

  • Mitty2 on June 24, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    We have won 10 of our last 19 compared to England's 7 off their 19, so I don't believe it's purely results - although the ODI results have been in a downward spiral for a while - and it's purely what Arthur has done to the culture. Arthur has been a divisive figure in his quest for a hierarchy - a dictatorship - in leadership in Aus cricket and under his realm, numerous off field disasters have occurred. Would these happen under Boof's coaching? Certainly not. Arthur brings division; Lehman brings cohesion.

    Khawaja's raining endorsement of Lehmann evoked comparisons to Arthur in which Arthur failed in every facet. Gillespie said that "everything he touches turns to gold" and inferred that even a team that's terrible on paper will always win out purely because of the culture and leadership that Lehmann brings. He is, quite simply, the perfect man for the job. To top it off, boof will help out Hughes considerably, who we need to fire if we have any chance in the ashes.

  • handyandy on June 24, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Good decision but a year or two late.

    Boof will have the respect of the Australian team.

  • on June 24, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Mickey Arthurs days as coach were numbered after the thrashing by India and poor showing in Champions trophy the warner incident was just the final straw for the Board.he meant well but could not get respect from all the players and that was the problem. Darren Lehmann should be the tonic for the struggling Aust team but as Sutherland said it is up to the team to perform also and take some responsibility.

  • Potatis on June 24, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    It's all good. This is the turning point in Australian cricket! To those who think it makes no difference because the players are poor anyway, you are wrong. The talent and ability is there, but the way they have been playing the game is nothing like the normal Australian way. There is little mental toughness at the moment, batsmen are scared to do anything. Watch them come out of their shells now.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 24, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Wow. He taking over a total shambles but at least he has Arthur to blame when the Ashes happens. Wrong choice of coach too, they should have gone for Warne.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 24, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Wow. He taking over a total shambles but at least he has Arthur to blame when the Ashes happens. Wrong choice of coach too, they should have gone for Warne.

  • Potatis on June 24, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    It's all good. This is the turning point in Australian cricket! To those who think it makes no difference because the players are poor anyway, you are wrong. The talent and ability is there, but the way they have been playing the game is nothing like the normal Australian way. There is little mental toughness at the moment, batsmen are scared to do anything. Watch them come out of their shells now.

  • on June 24, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Mickey Arthurs days as coach were numbered after the thrashing by India and poor showing in Champions trophy the warner incident was just the final straw for the Board.he meant well but could not get respect from all the players and that was the problem. Darren Lehmann should be the tonic for the struggling Aust team but as Sutherland said it is up to the team to perform also and take some responsibility.

  • handyandy on June 24, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Good decision but a year or two late.

    Boof will have the respect of the Australian team.

  • Mitty2 on June 24, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    We have won 10 of our last 19 compared to England's 7 off their 19, so I don't believe it's purely results - although the ODI results have been in a downward spiral for a while - and it's purely what Arthur has done to the culture. Arthur has been a divisive figure in his quest for a hierarchy - a dictatorship - in leadership in Aus cricket and under his realm, numerous off field disasters have occurred. Would these happen under Boof's coaching? Certainly not. Arthur brings division; Lehman brings cohesion.

    Khawaja's raining endorsement of Lehmann evoked comparisons to Arthur in which Arthur failed in every facet. Gillespie said that "everything he touches turns to gold" and inferred that even a team that's terrible on paper will always win out purely because of the culture and leadership that Lehmann brings. He is, quite simply, the perfect man for the job. To top it off, boof will help out Hughes considerably, who we need to fire if we have any chance in the ashes.

  • Mitty2 on June 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Also, importantly, to the calls of many, Clarke is no longer is selector. With anything practical being irrelevant in aus cricket for so long, this, along with the obvious, but mistimed and left too late dumping of Arthur, has finally brought a necessary fresh air of pragmatism. How grid it is for common sense to prevail.

    On the subject of the timing, is it a bad thing? Will it cause more division? The answer is no to both. The players could not possibly be more split with Clarke as a selector and Arthur as coach, and Lehmann will bring everything that's needed to fix the mentality of these sodden and form and confidence deprived batsmen.

    If we went into the ashes with Arthur as coach. 10-0. With boof, that fighting spirit will be back with none of the servility that we saw in India, and all I can say is that the result will be considerably be improved with boof as coach than with Arthur.

    Also, to complete my day, get rid of Sutherland and Howard, thanks.

  • pratn on June 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Anybody care to explain the nickname boof?

  • on June 24, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    surprised the ausies did not go for tom moody. I don't know that much about aussie cricketing decisions but as an SL fan he took us to number 2 in both odis and tests where we were only second to an aussie team that in my opinion was the best team to ever play this game... Not to mention a world cup final against the same team! Also he was crucial in taking mahela and sanga to the next level as batsman and even bringing through the likes of lasith malinga.... would have been a good choice to rebuild an austraian team but they have made their decision.

  • Lovetesh on June 24, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    So Argus report finding are falling apart even before applicable for a single Ashes series. Some of the recommendations were anyway baffling. Mickey did what Chappel did to India.

  • shirl on June 24, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    thank goodness! Now, let's get rid of this "high performance management" rubbish and the resting of players like Siddle & just maybe we can show an improvement!!