Sydney: Former Australia batsman Darren Lehmann has urged Cricket Australia to appoint fielding coach Mike Young on full-time basis or risk losing the Ashes.
Young’s annual consultancy agreement included the Ashes opener in Brisbane, but his services were not required in the Adelaide Test, which Australia lost by an innings and 71 runs.
Ricky Ponting’s side had been uncharacteristically sloppy at the Adelaide Oval, with Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Xavier Doherty and Brad Haddin all grassing chances to ease the pressure on England.
Young flies to Perth today to re-join the Australian camp for the third Test at the WACA, but will not be used for the Boxing Day and New Year’s Tests.
“It’s Cricket Australia’s decision clearly, but they need to rectify it. We need to have Mike there for every Test. He’s the best fielding coach we could have. He was at every Ashes Test last time,” News.com.au quoted Lehmann, as saying.
“Who cares about the cost? If we lose the Ashes, it’s not a great result for us. I can’t understand it. We’ve got a fielding coach and we’re not using him full-time in a series like the Ashes.”
“He’s not just a good fielding coach, he’s a brilliant motivator of players. Fielding has been one area where England have outshone us and they have their fielding coach there the whole time,” he added.