Cricket Australia to review Ashes debacle, no threat to Darren Lehmann's position
After losing the 2015 Ashes series to traditional rivals England in a humiliating fashion, Cricket Australia will conduct a review of their overseas struggles.
New Delhi: After losing the 2015 Ashes series to traditional rivals England in a humiliating fashion, Cricket Australia will conduct a review of their overseas struggles.
According to reports, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland on Sunday promised a full review of the Ashes disaster. Australia have lost the high-profile series 1-3 with a match yet to be played.
Australia lost the fourth Test match at Trent Bridge by an innings and 78 runs inside three days. They have already lost the opening Test at Cardiff by 169 runs, and the third Test at Birmingham by eight wickets. They, however, won the second Test at the Lord's by 405 runs.
The series defeat prompted an otherwise steadfast captain Michael Clarke to announce his retirement from international cricket. The 34-year-old had previously retired from the shorter format of the game after helping Australia to an unprecedented fifth World Cup triumph early this year.
"After every series we will sit down and review, and I think there is an opportunity for a reflection on [our] style of play. It's not easy playing away but it's something we have to get better at. We want to be the best cricket team in the world and to do that we have to be better at playing away," Sutherland said to reporters in Melbourne.
Besides, the captain coach Darren Lehmann also received flaks for the defeat to England. The 45-year-old admitted that mistakes had been made by players and selectors, but unlike the skipper he is expected to continue with his role.
In response to questions regarding the tenability of Lehmann's position as the coach of a fledging team, Sutherland replied in an affirmative "yes".
Lehmann, a former middle-order batsman, took over the reigns from Mickey Arthur in June 2013, 16 days before the start of that year's Ashes series. Australia lost that series 3-nil, but went on to win the next installment 5-0 in less than five months time. He then helped Australia to this year's World Cup win.