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Darren Lehmann helped England win Ashes 2005: Michael Vaughan

Darren Lehmann has been the key member of the Australian se-up in the recent times © Getty Images
Darren Lehmann has been the key member of the Australian se-up in the recent times © Getty Images

Jun 21, 2014

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has revealed that it was Darren Lehmann’s advice that helped his side to claim the Ashes in 2005. The series played in England that year is widely regarded that one of the greatest of all times, wherein England brought an end to Australia’s dominant run which lasted for 16 long years.

Vaughan, who was the England captain during the series in 2005 wrote for The Telegraph, “As England captain I turned to two people for advice who were from outside the team set up. I can understand a bit why Alastair Cook wants to keep everything ‘in house’ but I found it very refreshing to speak to guys who were not part of the England bubble.”

He continued, “I have never mentioned who they were but I can say now that one was Darren Lehmann. Lehmann … was a great player for Yorkshire and had a fantastic cricket brain, something England have discovered to their cost recently. I spoke to him a lot during my first year as captain in 2004.

“I did not turn to him in 2005 during the Ashes but by then he had prepared me for that series. His main piece of advice was to ensure I had a team for that series that did not carry any baggage; guys who had lost umpteen series before to Australia. I would use Darren on the playing side of the game, listen to him and chat about ideas on why and how the game should be played,” Vaughan added.

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