Darren Lehmann © Getty Images
Darren Lehmann © Getty Images

Australian coach and selector Daren Lehmann has admitted that he and selector on the England tour for the Ashes 2015, Rod Marsh, have erred with their selection policies. Australia conceded the Ashes to England last week when they were slammed by an innings and 78 runs in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge. Australia were shot out for an embarrassing 60 in their first innings, a position from where they were never able to bounce back. Lehmann has said that selecting the squad for the Ashes 2015 as much as three months before the series was a huge mistake. ALSO READ: Ashes 2015: Michael Clarke rubbishes rumours about off-field friction in Australian team

Lehmann was quoted as saying by Fox Sports, “We’ve had that discussion as a selection panel and that was a tough one for us. At the end of the day we were guided a bit by above and how we wanted to move around from the West Indies and England. But if we had our time again we’d probably prefer to pick different squads at different times.” ALSO READ: Michael Clarke: Telling my grandfather about my retirement was the hardest part

“Logistics and other things come into it that are way above my head. But if we had our time again we’d probably like to pick separate squads and then see what comes from the West Indies tour leading into an England tour,” he continued. ALSO READ: England’s Australian coach Trevor Bayliss denies having mixed feelings about Ashes 2015 result

Australia were bound to face criticism after their defeat in the Ashes 2015, as they made a few controversial moves on the way. Alongside selecting a squad three months in advance, the way they handled the selection issue involving Brad Haddin invited a lot of criticism. The persistence with the struggling Adam Voges — who made a face-saving half-century in the final innings in the fourth Test at Nottingham — was one of their biggest blunders.

“As a coach and selectors we’ve got things wrong at certain times, there’s no doubt about that. We’ve got to own up like players have to and everyone else that our performances weren’t good enough, full stop. We’re happy to admit when we’re wrong. You don’t get everything right and that’s a good learning curve for us. We’ve got to work on how we’re going to move forward,” Lehmann conceded.

“We’ll look at all areas where we can improve. That’s just what you do after series like this and try and move forward. We’ve had some really good results, this obviously not being one of them. Fair to say that (players and coaches haven’t learnt). I think we played better in 2013 to be perfectly honest and that probably answers your question. We certainly didn’t cope with the swinging or seaming ball in the last two Test matches well enough and that’s something we have to get better at. Our preparation was fine, I can’t complain about the work ethic from the lads either. We got out-skilled by a very good cricket team in England,” Lehmann continued.