Lehmann apologises for Australia’s embarrassing Ashes thumping

Australia declared their innings on 274 for nine and then dismissed England for 168 to ensure a delayed start to day two of the Women’s Ashes Test in Canterbury barely hampered them. “From there, we enter a new era of Australian cricket that everyone in our set-up is really excited about”, he added.


Howard said it was his fault paceman Ryan Harris, who suffered a knee injury and promptly retired days before the first test, had been unable to get fit for the series.

Smith said one of the lessons of this miserable Ashes tour, in which Australia were all out for only 60 in their first innings at Trent Bridge in the fourth Test, was patience.

Australia’s middle-order batsmen, including captain Michael Clarke, Adam Voges, Shane Watson, Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh, managed fewer than 350 runs between them in four Tests.

“It was the toughest selection I’ve ever been involved in”, he said.

This is a multi-format Ashes, in contrast to the men’s version, which saw England take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in a five-match series after victory by an innings and 78 runs in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, on Saturday last week. “Do you want players unhappy?” asked Marsh, on the same day Brad Haddin was granted an early release from the Ashes squad to return to Australia for personal reasons.

Not in Clarke’s mind, not in anyone’s mind, of all the ways for Michael Clarke’s career to end no one foresaw it finishing in such a dismal way…. Bat halfway between playing and leaving, ball not particularly near the stumps, and the edge behind set Australia on the path to first-innings ruin.

As chief selector in the current Australian hierarchy, it is expected Marsh would be a staunch defender of current Cricket Australia policy. I can assure you the guys have trained as well as I have seen during the course of this tour.

“I feel maybe at times I’ve just been a bit too desperate to do well, nearly tried too hard”. Though the Test series at times seems to have been played at Twenty20 pace, he is hoping that the change of scene does him good: “It might be just exactly what I need”. “But in regards to my captaincy I think it’ll be pretty similar”.

“We try and play our own brand of cricket and hopefully that’s good enough to get the win“.

“We were really happy to take eight wickets, but I’ll admit we found their ninth-wicket partnership a little frustrating.


The difference is that 18 months on from England%E2%80%99s 5-0 whitewash, the accents are Australian.” class=”local_link” >their policy of allowing players’ wives and girlfriends on tour, but Lehmann gave a passionate defence of it on Wednesday.

Cricket Australia has reportedly offered Ricky Ponting an expert batting consultant position