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The Darren Lehmann era

Postby from_the_stands » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:25 pm

The Darren Lehmann era begins in earnest in less than a week, as the Ashes mega-series begins in Nottingham. His accent to the top coaching job in Oz cricket has come at a critical time, following the fiasco of being swept in India and coming up against the old enemy with so much trouble and uncertainty surrounding the Oz team. With only two warm-up games with the main squad, having been in charge of a handful of games for Australia A, Boof will be facing a baptism of fire against a team that must surely fancy their chances. For their part, the Oz media seem to e holding their judgement on the Lehmann appointment, although the feeling from ex-cricketers has been largely supportive... more so than when Mickey Arthur was appointed.
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Having watched Lehmann as a player, I can confidently say that he was certainly a tough customer playing in an era when only the very best were given the honour of wearing the baggygreen. Having witnessed him making the most of the limited opportunities he had at international level, I'd like to think that just maybe Boof will straighten out some of the current crop, who for the most part have not delivered on the potential that many of them promised early on in their careers. Having been a left handed batsman, maybe Boof will be able to relate his experiences that much better to the likes of Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Dave Warner and Ed Cowan. Whilst I don't necessarily see Ed Cowan being around much longer (unless he has a phenomenal Ashes), the other three potentially have the next decade ahead of them. Going forward, Nic Maddinson and Kurtis Patterson are also left handers, and could well flourish under the tutelage of one of Australia's most prolific run scorers at domestic level.

By Lehmann's side in the coaches box is batting instructor Michael Di Venuto, holder of a level four coaching qualification (making him more qualified than Lehmann). The Italian T20I player is also a left hander, and like Lehmann, was a prolific run scorer at domestic level for both Tasmania and some mob in the north of England. Given that Australia's biggest problem of late has been batting, just maybe the Lehmann/Di Venuto partnership can straighten things out. I was surprised and disappointed that Justin Langer didn't enjoy success in his role when with Australia. Personally I'd like to see two batting coaches in the mix, one for left handers (Di Venuto), and one for right handers (possibly Damien Martyn).

In terms of looking after our bowlers (who appear to be made of glass), Lehmann has Ali De Winter. Whilst I have nothing against the Tasmanian (other than the fact that he is Tasmanian), I have to wonder if Boof would prefer to have fellow south Australian Jason Gillespie in that role. I know I certainly would. As a player, Gillespie made the most of the limited talent he did have and became in my opinion the most under-rated fast bowler of the modern era. But of course coaching isn't the main concern with our bowling stocks, but rather keeping them bloody well healthy enough to be playing!

I have great faith in Darren Lehmann as a coach, and fully support his appointment. I don't believe he will have success straight away, but I do feel that he will be able to prevent a catastrophic disaster that would have otherwise unfolded under Mickey Arthur. We might not have a great squad of players, but at least we have a very good coach in place who just might be about to get great things out of a mediocre squad, and hopefully that just might happen sooner rather than later.

How do you think the Darren Lehmann era will unfold?
Do you think he is the right man for the job?

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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby SaintPowelly » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:07 am

Do you think he is the right man for the job?


I do, if hes given time and allowed to build.

Wouldn't surprise me if he was sacked if they lose 5-0 though.
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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:05 am

Lehmann has done Australia a huge favour here, to step in when so much is against him, and he deserves plenty of backing from CA.

And I presume he may well know something, and really believes that Australia have the players to win.

It's impossible to know yet what impact he will have, but as a coach, rather than a boss, he has a good chance of being a better fit than Arthur.

He'll be tested being up against Flower, who is shrewd, and I suspect has been looking at this series since the Tests in India. Maybe he even stood down from ODIs to concentrate on this?
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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby braveneutral » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:04 am

Good blog. My favourite line was 'for some mob in the north of England.'

Lehmann coming in is interesting obviously due to timing but it will throw English preparations and strategy.


The picture seems to make Mickey Clarke look a bit dejected.
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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby hopeforthebest » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:19 am

Lehman has been in charge for about 10 days, is this what constitutes an era in Aussie cricket nowadays.
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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby from_the_stands » Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:35 pm

hopeforthebest wrote:Lehman has been in charge for about 10 days, is this what constitutes an era in Aussie cricket nowadays.

The opening five words might shed some light on that for you, hope.

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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby hopeforthebest » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:45 pm

from_the_stands wrote:
hopeforthebest wrote:Lehman has been in charge for about 10 days, is this what constitutes an era in Aussie cricket nowadays.

The opening five words might shed some light on that for you, hope.

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I don't understand what the 'tumbleweed' symbol means FTS but as I understand it, you can only talk about the start of an era if there has been an era in the first place.
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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby Mr.Cricket » Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:12 am

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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby greyblazer » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:24 pm

Unless Australia produce some decent batsmen again they will continue to decline. Lehmann or anyone being the coach won't help much.
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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby mikesiva » Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:08 pm

Lehmann's broadside against Broad was interesting....

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But what Broad said here was hilarious:

"Yes, I knew I'd hit it," he said. "But if you go through the series and look at the Australian players who have nicked it and not walked you could name several -- Warner, Rogers, Khawaja, Smith, Clarke, Agar. I mean it's quite a lot of players for it to be a big issue. Why are people picking on me? Well, it's the way our media works I suppose. It's a bit silly when people say I edged to slip because it was actually an edge to the keeper that went off his gloves to slip. I went down the other end and Ian Bell said, "What's happened there? I didn't hear anything". And Agar asked me if I'd nicked it because he wasn't sure. It wasn't as clear-cut as everybody thought."

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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby greyblazer » Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:59 pm

I'm not someone who blames batsmen for not walking but if someone didn't hear it he should immediately visit some otolaryngologist.
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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:43 pm

greyblazer wrote:I'm not someone who blames batsmen for not walking but if someone didn't hear it he should immediately visit some otolaryngologist.

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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:47 pm

I have no idea what the 'cry like a girl' thing was all about. Lehmann wasn't that silly when he played the game. Or if he was, I don't remember it

Pressure, I reckon.

Bang on about Diva.

and the some mob up north

I assume you are talking about Derbyshire? :halo:
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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby from_the_stands » Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:49 pm

So far so good for the Darren Lehmann era!

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Re: The Darren Lehmann era

Postby Aidan11 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:59 pm

from_the_stands wrote:So far so good for the Darren Lehmann era!

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Indeed. Don't know what he did but he's turned them into the sort of Aussie sides that kept on coming in the 80s and 90s and beyond.

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