More Oz aggression in Ashes

2013-11-29 09:17
Darren Lehmann (Getty)

Sydney - Coach Darren Lehmann said on Friday there will be no let-up as Australia continues its aggressive in-your-face cricket against England in the current Ashes Test series.

Amid the rancour over a spiteful opening Test in Brisbane which Australia won by 381 runs last weekend, Lehmann said he wants to take Australian cricket back to the golden eras of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson, the Chappells and Steve Waugh.

Lehmann said the playing days of strong-willed Australian characters, Merv Hughes, Rod Marsh and Allan Border were defined by a good hard brand of cricket.

"We want to play within the rules but we will play aggressive, in-your-face cricket which was a trademark of those eras," Lehmann said, writing in News Limited newspapers.

"When Australian teams are performing at their best they are playing right on the edge as we were in Brisbane. That is the Aussie way."

Australia captain Michael Clarke was fined 20 percent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council after warning England's James Anderson to expect a broken arm.

The final day of the first Test boiled over with constant "sledging" (insults) and plenty of finger pointing.

Lehmann gave no indication that his Australia team would be backing off from their fiercely-fought cricket at the Gabba, where firebrand paceman Mitchell Johnson was man-of-the-match with match figures of nine wickets for 103.

"I loved the whole theatre around Mitchell Johnson's display at the Gabba right down to the fact that his new moustache brought back all those rich memories of the 1970s with the stars and their handlebar mo's (moustaches)," Lehmann wrote.

"I like the sight of characters expressing themselves in the game. That's the sort of cricket the fans want to see.

"We have asked Mitchell to fill a role and he did that brilliantly with aggression and confidence. We want him to liven them (England) up.

"When he is on song as he was in Brisbane he produces the type of performances that are a rare and precious sight in the modern game.

"My wish is that the lessons of Johnson's spell - and the entire bowling effort - echo down through the generations."

Lehmann said Johnson's blistering spell at the Gabba reminded him of Australian cricket in the Lillee-Thomson era of the 1970s.

Lehmann said it had been a dramatic week for cricket and he wanted to send his best wishes to Jonathan Trott following his decision to return home with a stress-related illness.

"He is a fine player and I'm sure we will see him again at international level," he said.

Lehmann said he urged the Australian fans in next week's second Adelaide Test to replicate the crowd force of Brisbane.

"The noise in Brisbane when Johnson and Nathan Lyon were spearing through England's first innings was something to behold," he said.

"It is a long time since we have felt the sort of vibe that the whole country was behind us.

"Thank you, Australia. Please keep it up."

Read more on:    australia  |  ashes  |  darren lehmann  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Previous Results

Date Match Result

Who will win the 2019 edition of the Ashes?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.