<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke to decide on his batting position, says Darren Lehmann" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130313093353.jpg" title="Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke to decide on his batting position, says Darren Lehmann" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Michael Clarke is yet to decide whether he would bat at number four or five during the Ashes © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>London: July 7, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a>, who usually name their playing eleven before a match, are unlikely to reveal their side well ahead of the first Ashes Test against <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a> which begins on Wednesday at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.<br /> <br /> "I think that’s a real advantage for us," new Australia coach <a href="/tags/Darren-Lehmann/post" target="_blank">Darren Lehmann</a> was quoted as saying by <em>The Daily Telegraph</em> on Sunday.<br /> <br /> Shane Watson and Chris Rogers are expected to open the batting, but captain Michael Clarke has refused to confirm that.<br /> <br /> One could also see Clarke batting at number four, a place higher than where he has been most successful. He scored 124 off 98 balls at number four in a warm-up game against Worcestershire.<br /> <br /> "We’ve spoken about five and four, but where he bats, that is his (Clarke's) decision," Lehmann said.<br /> <br /> Clarke, on his part, said he was open to changing his batting position.<br /> <br /> "I don't think I've ever said I'd prefer to be at five," said Clarke.<br /> <br /> "I've batted four my whole career in First-Class cricket, batted five for Australia the past couple of years, and had a bit of success there, but I've said for a long time I'll bat wherever suits the team, and this series will be no different."<br /> <br /> Clarke and Lehmann have expressed their desire to have <a href="/tags/David-Warner/post" target="_blank">David Warner</a> back in the side post his one-month suspension. He could bat at six.<br /> <br /> Steve Smith is also in the reckoning now after doing well in the drawn tour match against Worcestershire, which ended on Saturday.<br /> <br /> A certainty is Ed Cowan batting at number three, where he made a half-century in the first innings against Worcestershire.<br /> <br /> Lehmann, however, said there were no guarantees about Cowan's place in the side.<br /> <br /> "He got some runs in this game. You'd love him to make hundreds and put his position beyond doubt," said the former Australia all-rounder.<br /> <br /> "He's made some runs and we’ll just have to sit down and work out whether he’s in that top six or not."<br /> <br /> Lehmann added they had learnt from the mistakes they made in India where they were trounced 0-4.<br /> <br /> "We didn't play their spinners very well in India full stop. So, we've done a lot of work on that."<br /> <br /> "We’re not hiding from that. We've got to learn from that experience. That's a thing I wanted to bring to the table. We want to play a certain way against that type of bowling."