Vastavam web: Australia coach Darren Lehmann defended the squad selection for the Ashes opener on Sunday and urged former players to back the team as they prepare to try and wrest the famous urn back from English hands.Speaking in Brisbane, where the series gets underway at the Gabba on Thursday, Lehmann justified the selections and called for the whole country to support the team.
“I’d just like all our players, ex-players, to be really positive about the Australian cricket team. Let’s just get everyone from Australia behind the Australian cricket team and let’s get moving forward.””We’ve watched him keep a fair bit,“ Lehmann added. ”He’s a high quality keeper.“He’s been in good form with the gloves, as he always has been, and he has been very good for us in the T20s.””He’s in good form, so he’ll do well,“ Lehmann added. ”He’s pretty calm.
“He’s grown up a lot in the last few years and played some important knocks for us. He’s really confident within himself.”Lehmann said also said Australia would not be distracted by reports from England that suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes could be cleared to play a part in the series by police this week.A report in Britain’s Daily Telegraph said that police would make a decision over whether to charge Stokes this week, potentially leaving him clear to join the England squad before the second test in Adelaide.