DARREN LEHMANN

  • Lehmann comes to Haddin's rescue after widespread criticism April 2, 2015

    Darren Lehmann, the Australia coach, has come to the defense of Brad Haddin after widespread criticism over his verbal send-offs to Martin Guptill and Grant Elliott during the World Cup final in Melbourne on Sunday. Lehmann insisted the issue was blown out of proportion and that the sledging was a part...
  • Clarke, Lehmann instrumental in Australia's fifth World Cup title March 30, 2015

    Melbourne: It wasn't long ago, in the scheme of things, when Australia's cricket team was in crisis. Now Michael Clarke and his crew are on top of the world. The Australians were bundled out of the 2013 Champions Trophy in the first round, captain Michael Clarke was laid up with an...
  • World Cup Final: We saved our best until last, say Australia March 29, 2015

    Australia's players said they had saved their best performance until the end of the tournament after beating New Zealand by seven wickets with more than 16 overs to spare in the World Cup final on Sunday. After their pace attack ripped through the vaunted New Zealand batting to dismiss the co-hosts...
  • World Cup: Australia coach tips high-scoring semi-final with India March 24, 2015

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann believes the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch will produce a high-scoring World Cup semi-final against India on Thursday. "I think the Sydney pitch will be very similar to the one we used in the game against Sri Lanka more than a fortnight ago when almost 700 runs were...
  • World Cup 2015: Australia count on steep bounce to trouble Pakistan March 18, 2015

    Adelaide: Ahead of their cricket World Cup quarter-final against Pakistan on Friday, Australia coach Darren Lehmann said it will be a "different story" for the Asians as they will face steep bounce at the Adelaide Oval wicket unlike those in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where they had beaten the...
  • World Cup 2015: Aussies press rewind to boost fielding March 16, 2015

    Adelaide: Australia are stepping back in time in an effort to maximise their chances of a fifth World Cup title by dusting off old videos of fielding master classes. The team's fielding coach, Greg Blewett, believes sharpness in the field will be key in Friday's quarterfinal against Pakistan at the Adelaide...
  • World Cup: Australia seek quarter-final practice against Scotland March 13, 2015

    Hobart: It's been a funny old campaign for Australia thus far in the World Cup. They are already in the quarterfinals, getting there with some measure of comfort, but you can't escape the feeling that they haven't hit their straps yet. Australia have lost only one game, to New Zealand, who...
  • World Cup 2015: Darren Lehmann takes World Cup break to watch son's first class debut March 5, 2015

    Sydney: Australian coach Darren Lehmann made a journey of more than 3,000 kilometres to present his son, Jake, with his South Australia first-class cap. The morning after Australia had thrashed Afghanistan by 275 runs in the World Cup in Perth, Lehmann made the long journey to Adelaide. "It was a very memorable...
  • World Cup: Michael Clarke sidesteps Darren Lehmann fall-out talk March 3, 2015

    Perth: Michael Clarke shrugged off suggestions he was at loggerheads with Australia coach Darren Lehmann by telling reporters on Tuesday: "You won't get headlines out of me". In the aftermath of the one-wicket loss to New Zealand at the weekend, Clarke's observation that Australia had failed to prepare for the swinging...
  • World Cup: Need to be on top of our game to beat New Zealand, says Steve Smith February 22, 2015

    Darren Lehmann has done well, but its the captain who runs the ship, says Smith. ...
  • World Cup: Steve Smith backs Aussie coach Darren Lehmann in Shane Warne row February 22, 2015

    Brisbane: Australia's Steve Smith has firmly backed national coach Darren Lehmann following some harsh criticism from leg-spinning great Shane Warne. Warne attacked former team-mate Lehmann on Sydney radio on Saturday, saying the Australian coach had too much say over onfield matters. He even suggested Lehmann had decided when Australia declared against India...
  • World Cup: Lehmann confirms Clarke's return for match against Bangladesh February 18, 2015

    Sydney: Australian coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed injured skipper Michael Clarke will make his comeback to the team Saturday in their World Cup encounter against Bangladesh in Brisbane, Gabba. Clarke who had a right hamstring surgery less than eight weeks ago was set the dateline of February 21 by Cricket Australia...
  • Darren Lehmann takes on ICC, unfazed of crackdown on bad behaviour February 11, 2015

    Melbourne: Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann appears to be ignoring the International Cricket Council (ICC) crackdown on bad on-field behaviour, saying he'll let his team continue playing in the style that created so much controversy over the summer. The ICC has been upfront in admitting it will be targeting players who...
  • Michael Clarke to play Australia's warm-up game against UAE February 9, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke will play in the warm-up game against the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday as he intensifies his endeavour to be fit for the World Cup. Coach Darren Lehmann said that if Clarke gets through training on Tuesday he will play against UAE in the final warm-up...
  • Sledging remains slippery issue, feels ICC chief executive February 5, 2015

    London: The World Cup promises to feature plenty of big-hitting and dramatic bowling but will there be verbal fireworks too? Not if the International Cricket Council can help it. "Over the last six months, or even going back further to the last Ashes series, there have been too many examples of...
  • Score runs to win a place in squad: Lehmann warns Bailey February 4, 2015

    Sydney: Australia coach Darren Lehmann on Wednesday warned stand-in skipper George Bailey to make runs in his bid to cement his place in the One-Day International (ODI) side. Bailey will likely be the vice-captain for the World Cup if injured skipper Michael Clarke becomes fit to play, but the former's batting...
  • Tired of speculation about Michael Clarke's fitness: Darren Lehmann February 3, 2015

    Sydney: Australian head coach Darren Lehmann said on Tuesday he is "sick" of hearing about the speculation around regular skipper Michael Clarke's fitness and captaincy. Lehmann insisted that the injured skipper is recovering ahead of his scheduled comeback and was hopeful he would make a come-back in the side before the...
  • Justin Langer will be next coach of Australia: Darren Lehmann February 2, 2015

    Melbourne: Australian head coach Darren Lehmann believes former Test cricketer Justin Langer is the right person to succeed him, considering the success he has already achieved in Western Australia. Lehmann, whose contract as Australian head coach was extended recently till mid-2017, knows that he won't be able to continue in this...
  • Darren Lehmann to experiment with squad in clash against India January 24, 2015

    Sydney: With a place in the One-Day International (ODI) tri-series final booked, Australia coach Darren Lehmann said on Saturday that he would experiment with their eleven in Monday's clash against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The Australian selectors were forced to make three changes for Friday's tense win over...
  • Don't cross the line in aggression, Darren Lehmann tells Aussies January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann on Monday warned his wards against "crossing the line" in on-field aggression but conceded that the side would always "teeter pretty close" to the edge. The verbal spat between David Warner and Rohit Sharma during the tri-series cricket match yesterday, which Australia won by four...
  • Disappointing fielding for second Test in a row: Darren Lehmann January 8, 2015

    Sydney: Australian coach Darren Lehmann said he is disappointed with the fielding efforts put by his team in the last two matches after skipper Steve Smith today dropped two crucial catches to let India off the hook on the third day of the final cricket Test here. Smith on Thursday put...
  • Darren Lehmann demands improved Aussie catching in final Test January 1, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia's sloppy catching is down to a lack of confidence, coach Darren Lehmann said Wednesday, calling for better at next week's final Test against India in Sydney. The hosts drew the third Test in Melbourne on Tuesday to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, but Lehmann said dropped catches in India's first...
  • We haven't started with Virat Kohli yet: Darren Lehmann December 31, 2014

    Melbourne: Not the least bit annoyed with Virat Kohli's aggression both on and off the field, Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann said the home side is liking the charged up atmosphere created by the newly-appointed Indian captain. Kohli will lead the side in the fourth and final in Sydney starting on...
  • Mitchell Marsh ruled out of Sydney Test December 27, 2014

    Melbourne: Australian allrounder Mitchell Marsh, on Saturday, was ruled out of the fourth cricket Test against India in Sydney after fresh scans revealed that his injured hamstring has deteriorated. Australia's physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Marsh's injured hamstring would keep him out of the Sydney Test from January 6 and the focus...
  • Brad Haddin, Shane Watson need to make runs: Darren Lehmann December 21, 2014

    Melbourne: Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's alarming batting slump must end, Australia's coach Darren Lehmann said on Sunday. The 37-year-old is regarded as the elder statesman of the team and was also considered for captaincy before Steven Smith was chosen to lead the side in place of injured Michael Clarke. He was appointed...
  • Mitchell Marsh out as Australia selectors pick Joe Burns for Boxing Day Test against India December 21, 2014

    Brisbane: Batsman Joe Burns, on Sunday, was handed an unexpected Test debut as he replaced all-rounder Mitchell Marsh in a 13-member Australian cricket squad for the third Test against India starting December 26. "Australia's National Selection Panel have opted for the shock selection of Queenslander Joe Burns to join the 13-man...
  • Shane Warne in damage control mode after calling Mitchell Starc 'soft' December 18, 2014

    Brisbane: Never too far from controversies, spin legend Shane Warne found himself at the centre of another one when he called pacer Mitchell Starc "soft", but had to offer an explanation after Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann took exception to the description. After Australia endured a tough day in Brisbane heat...
  • Need fit bowlers and quick wickets on day two: Darren Lehmann December 17, 2014

    Australian coach Darren Lehmann praised his team for enduring a tough opening day of the second cricket Test at the Gabba on Wendnesday but said he expects them to come up with a better showing against India on Thursday. Riding on opener Murali Vijay's hundred, India finished the first day on...
  • I think Michael Clarke will be back, says Darren Lehmann December 14, 2014

    Adelaide: An injury-ravaged Michael Clarke may have raised doubts about his future by stating that he may never play again, but Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann is confident that the inspirational skipper will be back sooner or later. "I think he will be back. You have your fingers crossed, we will...
  • Darren Lehmann looks to Phillip Hughes himself to guide grieving team December 7, 2014

    Adelaide: The Australian team is slowly shifting its focus back to cricket after more than a week of emotional turmoil caused by Phillip Hughes' death but coach Darren Lehmann has told his wards to take their time to recover and not push themselves too hard. "With regard to getting back on...