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Darren Lehmann dares England to maintain green-tops for next year’s Ashes

Darren Lehmann will hope that Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris will be able to flourish in the green-wickets in the 2015 edition of the Ashes © Getty Images
Darren Lehmann will hope that Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris will be able to flourish in the green-wickets in the 2015 edition of the Ashes © Getty Images

Aug 19, 2014

Australian coach Darren Lehmann has called for England to maintain the ‘green’ seaming pitches they used during their Test series against India for the Ashes to be held next year.

The former Australian batsman had observed the green pitches prepared during England 3-1 steamrolling of India and hopes that the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris will be able to flourish in similar tracks next year.

“The wickets were quite sporting over there in the last couple of Test matches.  [About] the  Oval,  I can’t remember that sort of wicket being produced for an Australian Test match in the last 50 or 60 years, so that’s interesting in itself,” Lehmann was quote as saying to cricket.com.au.

The curator of Trent Bridge — the venue of the fourth Test during next year’s Ashes — apologised for preparing a dead and dry track that favoured the Indian spinners and led to high scores being posted by both sides as the match ended in a draw.

Lords, which will host the second Test next year, had greeted the teams with a lush-green deck which was utilised well by the Indian bowlers, especially Ishant Sharma, as the visitors won by 95 runs and took a 1-0 lead.

Lehmann added that India were going through a rough patch at the moment, but still packed a punch with a line of talented and experienced players on their roster and expected them to make a comeback during their tour Down Under starting on December 4 in Brisbane.

The 2015 edition of the Ashes will kick off at Sophia Gardens at Cardiff followed by the next four matches being held at Lords, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge and the Oval respectively.

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