The next Ashes series is about a year away, but, the coach of the Australian Cricket Team, Darren Lehmann, has already started feeling excited about it. He is very hopeful of doing well in England in 2015.
Australia’s performance in the test matches in England has not been that good in the last one decade or so. The last time that they had won an Ashes series on English soil was way back in 2001.
But, Lehmann reckons that with the kind of team the Kangaroos have got at present, they can break this losing streak if they make some changes here and there.
Last year when Australia had toured England, they had lost 3 out of the 5 test matches. These numbers suggest that they played very poorly, but, that’s not the reality. They actually would have won 3 matches in that series if luck had gone their way just a little bit. And Lehmann pointed that out in one of his interviews yesterday.
The former left handed batsman said, “I think we had a pretty good time in the last couple of test matches over there. It’s just that the results didn’t go our way. To make sure it happens this time around, we need to do things a little bit differently. We have got guys who have the experience of playing in those conditions. Hopefully, they use that to good effect next year.”
The two warm up matches that Australia has to play before the first Ashes test in 2015 are against Kent and Essex neither of whom are the first division county teams. When asked if that would affect the preparation of his team for the start of the series, Lehmann said, “No, I don’t think so. Both of them are good teams. They would have some overseas players playing for them as well. So, it’s fine for us from practice point of view.”