<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="England defend playing tactics after Darren Lehmann's 'dour' remark" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130923234934.jpg" title="England defend playing tactics after Darren Lehmann's 'dour' remark" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> England national selecter Geoff Miller (left) and managing director of cricket Hugh Morris speak to the press during a an ECB press conference on Monday © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>London: Sep 23, 2013</strong> <br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England </a>defended their approach to cricket after <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia </a>coach Darren Lehmann said Monday <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Darren-Lehmann-wants-dour-England-to-pick-up-over-rate/31268" target="_blank">they were a "dour side". </a><br /> <br /> Although England completed a third straight Ashes Test series win at home to Australia last month by taking a five-match series 3-0, they were criticised for an excessively defensive approach with both bat and ball.<br /> <br /> Lehmann, speaking shortly before <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/England-name-three-uncapped-players-in-squad-for-Ashes-2013-14/31248" target="_blank">England announced their Ashes squad</a>, was asked on a a BBC radio show hosted by former England captain Michael Vaughan, whom he played alongside at Yorkshire, what he thought of England's style.<br /> <br /> "Dour. It's not the type of cricket I'd play," Lehmann replied.<br /> <br /> "At times I'd like to see their over-rates picked up."<br /> <br /> Former Australia batsman Lehmann, parachuted into the coach's role just weeks before the start of the Ashes after South African <a href="/tags/Mickey-Arthur/post" target="_blank">Mickey Arthur</a> was sacked.<br /> <br /> He had previously stoked the fire ahead of the return series 'Down Under' by accusing England's Stuart Broad of "blatant cheating" following the pace bowler's decision not to walk after edging a catch in the first Test at Trent Bridge.<br /> <br /> Lehmann also called on the Australian public to make life so difficult for Broad during the Ashes rematch he will want to cry and go home.<br /> <br /> His comments saw him fined by the International Cricket Council while former Australia captain Ian Chappell said Lehmann had been a "hypocrite" as Australians, who've traditionally always waited for the umpire's decision, were in no position to complain about opponents who didn't walk.<br /> <br /> "I don't like to be called a cheat and basically he [Lehmann] is calling all people who don't walk a cheat, which would include himself," Chappell said.<br /> <br /> England managing director of cricket <a href="/tags/Hugh-Morris/post" target="_blank">Hugh Morris</a>, responding to Lehmann's latest remarks, said he'd no problems with the brand of cricket played by Alastair Cook's side.<br /> <br /> "I'm really happy with our style," Morris said Monday at a Lord's news conference to announce England's Ashes squad.<br /> <br /> "Over the last five years our results have spoken for themselves. Over the last 12 months since Alastair Cook became captain we've played four [Test] series, we've won three and drawn one," the former England batsman added.<br /> <br /> "That included a win in India, which was the first time [for England and where Australia were whitewashed 4-0 earlier this year] in 28 years, and a 3-0 win against Australia here [in England].<br /> <br /> "Our style and approach is looking to win important matches, which we've done consistently."<br /> <br /> England national selector <a href="/tags/Geoff-Miller/post" target="_blank">Geoff Miller</a>, himself a former Test off-spinner, said Cook's team were capable of adapting their game to different situations.<br /> <br /> "Styles change in the conditions you play in, home and away, so we're happy with the way our style of cricket can alternate," Miller said of a side bidding to become the first England team since the 19th Century to win four successive Ashes series.<br /> <br /> Earlier, Lehmann reiterated his belief that Australia had found "cracks" in England's top-order with number three batsman Jonathan Trott, who struggled for runs during the recent Ashes, an example.<br /> <br /> "We've found England cracks and worked out plans," he said.<br /> <br /> "We've made some inroads [getting into Trott's head], and I hope that continues," Lehmann added. "He's a good player. But I think we've worked out plans, which seem to work for most of their batters.<br /> <br /> "In terms of knowing their batters back to front, we've got that down."