Former Australian coach and player Darren Lehmann has insisted that the Australian players are not as bad or ill-mannered as depicted by the media. Darren Lehmann was the head coach of the Australian team when ball-tampering scandal shook the cricket world.
The much controversial test series between South Africa and Australia saw Australian team involved in various disputes. Be it the confrontation of David Warner and Quinton de Kock or Nathan Lyon dropping the ball on AB De Villiers after running him out. The biggest controversy of the series was of the then Australian captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and Cameron Bancroft involved in the ball-tampering scandal.
Not as bad as portrayed in the Media, says Lehmann
Speaking with Macquarie Sports Radio, former Australian coach says Australian players not as bad as being portrayed. “There was a lot of talk about the Australian team being over-aggressive and there were some incidents in some games that they probably pushed it too far. They got dealt with accordingly from the ICC and match referee when they crossed that line but the Australians play that way, in essence, a lot of the time. They’re not as bad as portrayed in the media”, says Darren Lehmann.
The former player further adds that the cases of sledging were far worse when he used to play and also the period before that. “When I played, there was a lot worse sledging going on in those days and years before. You want to promote the game fairly and play hard but fair on the field”, further quotes Lehmann.
The scars of the third Newlands test between South Africa and Australia, which saw Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft involved in the ball-tampering scandal are still fresh. Both new coach Justin Langer and new captain Tim Paine have made it clear that they will try to bring in the change in the Australian image while keeping the Australian competitiveness alive.