Darren Lehmann wants 'dour' England to pick up on over-rate

Darren Lehmann said he is confident of Australia’s improved show © Getty Images

Sep 23, 2013

Australia coach Darren Lehmann on Monday took a jibe at England’s playing tactics, calling it ‘dour’ and urging their arch-rivals to pick up on their over-rate ahead of the Ashes Down Under.

Lehmann, who apologised to England cricketer Stuart Broad for calling him a ‘cheat’ during the Ashes 2013, told BBC’s Radio 5 Live said, “Dour. It’s not the type of cricket I’d play. At times I’d like to see their over-rates picked up.”

According to The Guardian, Lehmann backed Australia’s claims that they have found out the shortcomings of  some of the top England batsmen, including the middle-order mainstay Jonathan Trott, and want to exploit them during the return series.

Talking about the series Lehmann said, “I’m always confident. We’ve found England cracks and worked out plans. I like the way we played in the last three Tests; I liked the attitude, and I liked the aggression. We’ve made some inroads [on getting into Trott’s head], and I hope that continues.

“He’s a good player, we know that. But I think we’ve worked out plans, which seem to work for most of their batters. In terms of knowing their batters back to front, we’ve got that down,” he added.