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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

We got the Ashes back

Not only did we win them back but Michael Clarke is going all out to win five out of five.  Australia's dramatic turnaround to win back the Ashes has people wondering how they did it, and Darren Lehmann, affectionately known as Boof, is getting most of the credit.  There doesn't seem to be any other explanation, so it has to be down to their new coach, who has only been in the job for six months.

Darren Lehmann and Captain Michael Clarke

Darren Lehmann 44, is an ex cricketer who played in 27 Tests from 1998 to 2004.  He has spent a lot of time studying each member of the English team, working out a plan for each individual man and Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, and Peter Siddle carried out those plans to perfection.  Lehmann is the reason the Aussie team played such aggressive, in-your-face cricket this time, they literally frightened the life out of the Poms.

Lehmann also worked on how Australia could improve their batting and we had seven centuries to show for it.  He believes in old-fashioned mateship and encourages the boys to get together to relax with a few beers, which has resulted in a tightly-bonded team.

Lehmann's 21 year old son Jake also has praise for his father.  "He was always thinking about what he would do if he got the job - his strength is in his people skills, the way he brings players together, gives them confidence" he said.