Sydney, June 25 (ANI): New Australian coach Darren Lehmann has declared that despite all the on-field malfunctions and the dressing room problems plaguing the team currently, Australia can still win the Ashes.
The links between captain Michael Clarke and Lehmann stretches back to 2004, when the veteran batsman, who retired after the 2005 Ashes tour, offered to give up his place in the Test team to the brilliant young batsman who had danced to a century on debut in Bangalore, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Calling the Ashes as a 'challenge' for both the players and Cricket Australia (CA), Lehmann said that he is confident about winning in the five-Test series as the team will be playing an aggressive brand of cricket that entertains people and fans but also gets the job done.
According to Lehmann, during the journey over the next two months, the team will be learning their game and improving their skills on and off the field, adding that he will make sure that he looks after the players that best he can, like former coach Mickey Arthur did.
However, the report said that it is yet to be seen whether Lehmann will be allowed to impose the appealing mix of toughness and love that has been a feature of his successful tenure with the Queensland domestic side, in a corporate culture of wellness surveys, benchmarks and strict player management presided over by executive general manager (team performance) Pat Howard.
But, Lehmann, who had made it clear that he would have handled the Mohali homework fiasco differently, said that although it is tough to strike the right balance as a coach, he will leave no stone unturned in dealing with the players straight away and as honestly as possible.
Given his passion for teaching young cricketers, who on Arthur's watch have failed to uphold the standards of Lehmann's generation, the new coach will open the dressing room to past players in the hope they can inspire a revival, with Shane Warne an early favourite to break from his commentary duties and help the team in England.
However, Lehmann said that he was under no illusions about the future, saying that if he is unsuccessful to make the team win, he will also step down from the post.
However, the report said that whatever happens on the field as Australia tries to rise above its panicky recent performances, it is unlikely Lehmann will find himself in the situation that undid Arthur as the cultural problems culminating with the David Warner nightclub incident suggested the South African, a decent and affable man, did not have the complete trust of his players. (ANI)