Australian coach Darren Lehmann (Image courtesy: Getty)
Australian coach Darren Lehmann (Image courtesy: Getty)

Australia’s head coach Darren Lehmann has already started ‘mental disintegration’ weeks ahead of the 2017-18 Ashes. Lehmann has sounded of a warning for the touring England side that Australia will intimidate them with short-ball and make time for them difficult in the middle. Fans of the sport vividly remember how Mitchell Johnson had wreaked havoc on England in the 2013-14 Ashes in Australia, picking 37 wickets with raw pace and bounce.

Speaking to ABC radio, Lehmann said, “It’ll be interesting. They’ll have to cope with that, they know it’s coming. Our quicks have been saying that. We can (intimidate England’s batsmen). They (Starc and Cummins) can certainly enforce some problems … especially (for) their middle and lower order on the bouncy tracks. They didn’t like it last time,” he explained.

Speaking of the first Test at Gabba, Lehmann said, “We know the conditions. It bounces a lot. It’s a totally different ball game than it is in England.”

Australia are expected to play all out 3-man pace attack – Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

Elaborating on the bowling combination Lehmann said, “Really comfortable with where we’re at as a bowling attack. The ‘GOAT’ (Lyon) has been probably the best performed bowler for us for the last 12 months. I’m sure those guys can deliver, they’ve been very good at getting 20 wickets over the past 12 or 15 Test matches,” Lehmann concluded.

The first Ashes 2017-18 Test will be played on November 23 at The Gabba in Brisbane.