Ponting backs Lehmann to instill confidence in Australia side

Ricky Ponting writes that it appears as if the Australian team is scared to play and new coach Darren Lehmann is capable of addressing this concern.

updated: July 01, 2013 18:54 IST
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Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has backed new coach Darren Lehmann to instill confidence in the team and get winning results.

Lehmann replaced Mickey Arthur after Cricket Australia sacked the South African as coach on Monday. A string of lackluster performances from the team including an unimpressive showing in Champions Trophy is believed to have led to the change, just a little over two weeks before the Ashes. (Also read: Double blow for Arthur, loses mother after being sacked)

Ponting though reckons that Lehmann is a capable mentor and as head coach, he will help players fight without fear. "Above all, he will instill confidence into the young guys in the team who seem to be lacking it at the moment," wrote the 38-year-old in his column for The Daily Mail.

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