Lehmann Tries to Curb the Euphoria

Australia coach, Darren Lehmann, is refusing to get carried away even after the Baggy Greens’ superb victory in the first Test against England.

Mitchell Johnson was the star of the show, taking nine wickets as England surprised fans who bet on cricket by subsiding to a 381-defeat at the Gabba.

Former Yorkshire star, Lehmann, is attempting to play down the significance of the victory though and expects England to provide much stiffer opposition when the second Test gets underway in Adelaide.

Lehmann is very aware that Australia batted poorly in the first innings in Brisbane and knows that England responded to losing the first Test in India last year by eventually winning the series.

He said: ”It depends what we get in Adelaide. Johnson bowled beautifully at the Gabba. “He is in a good spot. He will be wayward, but you accept that. When he’s good, he’s very good and exciting, like this Test. We played well but the next Test is a different kettle of fish.”

Since the end of the first Test, England’s number three batsman, Jonathan Trott, has returned home and will play no further part in the series because of a stress-related illness, while Michael Clarke has been fined for sledging James Anderson.

However, Shane Warne has accused Anderson of threatening to punch George Bailey in the face, and defended Clarke, who had told the England bowler that he could expect to suffer a broken arm.

It seems certain that the fiery start to the series will continue in Adelaide, with Australia cricket betting pundits expecting David Warner to be in the thick of the action.

He has welcomed the aggressive style the Australia side has adopted since losing the last Ashes series 3-0, saying: “I’m ready to tackle whatever they throw at me. We’re all professionals; we all should cop it on the chin.”

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