New Delhi: Australia head coach Darenn Lehmann won’t be travelling along with his team for the upcoming limited-overs series against India as he has reportedly decided to skip it to prepare for the much-awaited Ashes, which is scheduled to be played later this year.
In his absence, assistant coach David Saker will take charge of the team and lead the visitors against Virat Kohli’s troops.
Before the Aussie team took their flight from Bangladesh to India, Lehmann spoke to the reporters and had a few things to say. Lehmann has revealed that irrespective of the fast bowlers who play, off spinner Nathan Lyon will be a certain starter for the Aussies against England in the first Ashes Test.
“Nathan is going to play. There’s no doubt about that, At the end of the day we just have to see how it all pans out. With injuries, the bowling stocks, how they all come back and what the wicket is like. That’s still a long, long way away. We’ll just look at the conditions in Brisbane in two months’ time when we get there and work out what we do." Lehmann was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au.
Lehmann praised the qualities shown by the spinner, saying that he has grown in the past 12 months.
“We changed the set-up of the side 12 months ago and we’ve had a lot of young guys come in the group. He’s had to take a next step as a leader so really pleased with the way he’s gone about that." Lehmann added.
Australia had earlier said that they won’t hesitate to go in with four fast bowlers if needed, with a pace attack comprising of Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood and Pattinson forming a deadly combination.
Captain Steve Smith had played down suggestions that playing all four might weaken the batting.
“I guess it’s nice that all the fast bowlers – probably take Josh out of it – Starc, Cummins and Pattinson all bat pretty well, Smith said last month.
“So I won’t say that we’ll do it but there’s a possibility that it could certainly happen, that you could play all four and Nathan Lyon. (That) probably leaves the batting a little bit light, but those guys do hold the bat pretty well. It’s something to certainly think about."