Michael Clarke`s aggressive captaincy reminds Lehmann of late friend, mentor Hookes

Karachi: Michael Clarke`s aggressive captaincy reminds Australian cricket team coach Darren Lehmann of the way his late friend and mentor David Hookes played the game.

Lehmann played several seasons with his fellow South Australian cricketer Hookes, who also played 23 Test matches for Australia and tragically passed away in 2004.

Lehmann said that Hookes, obviously, was a very aggressive character and the way he played, trying to get a win at all costs and Clarke is very much like that as a captain. The coach said that Clarke would want to drive the game and get a result, The Dawn reported.

The Australian coach said that he does think about Hookes a lot, adding that he does not think one ever gets over that sort of thing.

Lehmann said that from being there on the night Hookes died; it`s not a great thing to look back on. He said that he is a lot better with it now, but at the time it was really hard to focus on cricket.

Lehman said that it honestly gave him a better perspective on life, and added that at the end of the day, they are only playing a game.

Lehmann was appointed coach of the Australian team after Mickey Arthur`s shock axing on the eve of the 2013 Ashes, the report added.

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