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Darren Lehmann wants Michael Clarke to keep opinions to himself

Darren Lehmann (left) and Michael Clarke © Getty Images
Darren Lehmann (left) and Michael Clarke © Getty Images

Sep 2, 2014

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has advised captain Michael Clarke to keep his opinions private, adding that there is no disagreement over the team selection between the selectors. Clarke was unhappy with the fact that Steven Smith was ignored for the Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 match against the hosts, in which Australia suffered a shocking defeat.

As Clarke expressed his disappointment in a press conference, Lehmann said that the conversations between selection panel and the team should be behind the doors. “I would rather our conversations stay out of the media,” Lehmann was quoted as saying by The Herald Sun.

Talking about the team selection for the clash against Zimbabwe, Lehmann said, “[With Lyon] we wanted to obviously get some time into Mitchell Marsh and it was a fresh wicket, so that game didn’t spin as much as they are now.”

“[With Smith], again it was a case of making sure we give everyone enough game time. No. You just chat about the side the selectors and the captain wants and that’s what you do. But again that’s staying well between the captain and the selectors,” Lehmann added.

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