As Australia count down the final hours till the first ball is bowled in a bumper back-to-back Ashes Series, cricket.com.au sat down with Darren Lehmann and Michael Clarke to reminisce about their past playing days and also discuss how their relationship works now as coach and captain.
Lehmann and Clarke first played together for Australia in 2003 and went on to play seven Tests and 18 ODIs. It had been well documented that Lehmann was prepared to step down from the Australian squad to allow young players, like Clarke, to come through the ranks; something that Clarke remembers well.
"He thought if it meant him standing down for me to stay in the team then he was willing to do that, which was very nice for me as a young 23-year-old. I certainly didn't expect that and I was more than willing to sit back and wait my turn because he was a great player and I enjoyed playing with him," Clarke said.