Lehmann: I was wrong
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has admitted he was wrong to verbally attack England bowler Stuart Broad.
Lehmann insists he will learn from the incident after branding Broad a ‘cheat’ on an Australian radio station, before urging Australia fans to give the bowler a hard time when the Ashes series starts Down Under in the winter.
Broad refuse to walk during the first Test at Trent Bridge despite edging the ball through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. The umpires did not give broad out, meaning he stayed at the crease, much the Australia’s frustration.
Speaking about the incident, Lehmann said: “I’ve had a chat with him already. We just move on.
“It was a good learning curve for a new coach, wasn’t it? You know, it was a jovial setting but you’ve got to learn from that. I’ve got to learn and improve from that.
“The players aren’t on their own in trying to improve. Coaches have got to improve so that’s something I’ve got to get better at.”
The selectors have also come under fire for their changes between each Test during this Ashes summer – the Aussies have named a different team for each match.
Lehmann admits that will change but he is still enjoying his new role as coach, which he only started a number of weeks before the start of the Ashes.
After a poor start that saw them go 2-0 down after just two Tests, the tourists improved, only being denied by rain at Old Trafford before a narrow defeat at Durham and a thrilling draw at the Oval. It was still a 3-0 defeat though, which the Australia cricket betting had generally predicted before the start of the series.
“I’m still loving it – it’s a great job, I’d like to win a Test match though,” he said. “It’s a fantastic job, now I’ve seen all the players here and I’ve got the ODI players starting Thursday so I get to see them and deal with them.
“I think we need to look at how we’re doing in those areas too, Twenty20 and one-dayers so by the end of the tour I’ll have a really good mind-set with all our players which will be quite comforting for me as a coach. The players seem to be enjoying it which is great but we need to win some games.”
Lehmann feels he was plenty to build on ahead of the return series Down Under and that should give Australia fans who Bet on the Ashes plenty of encouragement.