Monday, June 24, 2013

Aussies Have Plenty of Questions To Answer as Ashes Quickly Approaches

Australia has sacked coach Mickey Arthur just over two weeks before the start of the Ashes, according to reports. However this shouldn’t really be that big of a surprise to most supporters as it follows a crushing semi-final defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka but most figured if the Ashes produced a strong showing then the skipper would get a reprieve. But the recent loss just tells part of the story and the South African has been under increasing pressure due his side's performances on the field, as well as for the disciplinary issues which have dogged the team in India and England. Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and team performance manager Pat Howard are to hold a press conference in Bristol later on Monday where they will "discuss the coaching structure of the Australian team". However it is believed they will confirm Arthur has been relieved of his duties, with Darren Lehmann taking over the reins. Needless to say Lehmann will jump right into the fire straight away as Ashes is less than a fortnight away now and still many questions remain, and Lehmann knows it’s going to be an uphill battle. "No-one is underestimating the task at hand but we believe he is the right man for the job. It is up to the players to respond under his leadership and demonstrate their commitment to a successful Australian team." Lehmann played 27 Tests and 117 one-day internationals for Australia between 1996 and 2005, and he has since been successfully involved with the Brisbane Heat and Kings XI Punjab as a coach, and will need to continue that kind of track record if he hopes to have a long reign on top.

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