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Darren Lehmann welcomes advice from former players on team’s improvement

This welcome move came ahead of Australia's gruelling cricketing schedule for the next few months.

Darren Lehmann
Coach Darren Lehmann of Australia. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Former Australian cricketer, Darren Lehmann recently made a laudable gesture as he invited advice and suggestions from retired players, in order to improve the team’s performance. Lehmann is the head coach of the Australian team. This welcome move came ahead of Australia’s gruelling cricketing schedule for the next few months.

In a letter, Lehmann welcomed inputs from former players, no matter how out of the box they might seem on the forefront. He also expressed hope in being able to clear any misconceptions that might exist about workloads and availability. Australia is all set to play a 2-Test series against Bangladesh from August 27th.

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Lehmann’s appeal to former players

In the letter published by News Corp Australia, Lehmann says, “We as support staff are always looking for ways to improve and welcome any advice from you, so if you have any ideas, however ‘out there’ they might be, please reply. Your advice is always helpful. After all, we as players both the past and present don’t have all the answers and as support staff, we are always looking for the best way to drive us forward in the game.”

“If at any stage you would like to come into the change rooms or come along to training and see how we do things and prepare, please let us know and we can facilitate the process. The players and staff love seeing you guys around and talking through the game you played,” it read.

He, himself, had been a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and played for the Rajasthan Royals franchise in 2008. The 47-year old cleared the air about workloads and availability by stating, “As for training, I know there is a lot of talk about bowling workloads etc, and I can say that we always have enough bowling taking place at training for the quicks to get better and the batters to make sure they are getting enough so the misconception sometimes is that they don’t bowl enough. This is not the case at the highest level. We are focusing on our skills now with an emphasis on being able to withstand the pressure and create

“This is not the case at the highest level. We are focusing on our skills now with an emphasis on being able to withstand the pressure and create pressure of our own against a variety of opponents throughout the year, both home and away,” he added.

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