Tom Moody backs Darren Lehmann to banish Aussie Blues

And while Moody, himself a former Sri Lanka coach, was quick to acknowledge the limits of what could be done from the sidelines, he said Lehmann's appointment would at least encourage the side to play uninhibited cricket.

updated: July 06, 2013 00:58 IST
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London: Darren Lehmann may not be a Don Bradman or a Dennis Lillee but as far as Tom Moody is concerned there's no one better placed to get the Australia side enjoying their cricket once again.

Lehmann, who played alongside Moody in the Australia World Cup-winning team of 1999, was named as the new coach of the national side just 16 days before the start of the Ashes after South African Mickey Arthur was sacked.

Arthur, the first foreign coach of the Australia team, was dismissed following a 4-0 series loss in India, where he controversially dropped four players from the Test side for failing to complete 'homework' requested by team management, and a disrupted start to the tour of England that saw David Warner suspended until next week's first Ashes Test for punching England's Joe Root.

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