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No need for Ashes pow-wow over sledging: Lehmann

November 27, 2013 10:17 IST

No need for Ashes pow-wow over sledging: Lehmann

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Australia coach Darren Lehmann has no plans to meet Andy Flower to defuse any lingering tension from the spiteful first Ashes Test in Brisbane and says the England team director needs to worry about his own players rather than his opponents.

Australia thrashed the tourists by 381 runs at the Gabba but were criticised by British media and former England players for taking the on-field sledging too far.

Australia batsman David Warner was condemned as "disrespectful" by England captain Alastair Cook and by Flower for publicly criticising Jonathan Trott's batting in Brisbane.

The England number three has since flown home to deal with a stress-related illness.

Lehmann said he had spoken to Warner and his team about confining the chatter to the field but dismissed any need to set ground rules with Flower.

"From my point of view, Andy looks after his side and I look after my side. That's what you do in the game of cricket," Lehmann told Adelaide-based radio station 5AA.

"At the end of the day he's in control of the England cricket team and we've got to try and get the Ashes back.

"I've got to worry about the Australian cricket team and not the England cricket team.

"I'm happy they (Australia) played good, hard cricket and if they go outside that they get (rapped) over the knuckles by the ICC, don't they?"


Image: Darren Lehmann and Michael Clarke
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Clarke was fined 20 percent of his match fee

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Australia captain Michael Clarke was fined 20 percent of his match fee by the ICC after he was caught on the stump microphone telling James Anderson to get ready for a "broken" arm when the pace bowler was batting on day four.

The incident sparked a heated debate in both countries' media as to who was in the wrong, with former Australia spinner Shane Warne alleging that Anderson was the aggressor in threatening to "punch" Australia's Test debutant George Bailey.


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I was happy that 'Bails' gave him a bit back

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Lehmann also suggested that Anderson, renowned for his on-field chatter, gave as good as he got.

"I was happy that 'Bails' gave him a bit back," Lehmann said. "There's nothing wrong with that. That's part and parcel of the game. They're two grown men, they're all grown men out there. They'll work it out."

Seamer Mitchell Johnson, who took nine wickets at the Gabba and peppered the English batsmen with short-pitched bowling, said they could expect little relief from the verbal assaults when the second Test gets underway next week in Adelaide.

"I think it's worked for us. I definitely think they're rattled by it," Johnson told reporters in Perth on Wednesday.

"They don't like it at all.

"Obviously their coach (Flower) has come out and wanted a truce from what I've heard.

"That's not going to change from our end."


Image: Mitchell Johnson
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'We're still going to play really hard cricket'

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Despite the heated exchanges, Lehmann said the teams had shaken hands after the Brisbane Test and were "very respectful" of each other.

"I just know that we copped a lot in England and we didn't shy away from that," Lehmann said of Australia's 3-0 loss in the first Ashes series earlier this year.

"That's just what happens. You expect it when you go away. So I don't see what the difference is from England to here considering we were on the other end of it.

"Both teams played hard and as long as it stays on the field I'm happy with it.

"Jonathan Trott has gone home and we hope he gets well soon and all those sorts of things. We do really care about that, but we're still going to play really hard cricket and that's what we're about."


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