On Wednesday Australian cricket team coach Darren Lehmann stated that the breaks between his squad’s games at the ICC World Cup are too long, and suggested that this mega event could be “condensed”.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian team are in the middle of a 7 day break between their opening pool match against England, and their next match in Brisbane on Saturday against Bangladesh.
Lehmann squad’s 3rd clash against Black Caps in Auckland is a further 7 days later, with breaks of 4 days, 4 days and 6 days planned between their last 4 encounters during the group stage.
The group stage of the ICC events spans 30 days, although only 42 games are planned across Australia in New Zealand in that time span. Australian coach, looking to become the 4th man to coach Australia to International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015 win argued that the breaks were immoderate.
Lehmann thinks that they can condense the mega event a wee bit to be honest. A week in between is a long time.
Darren Lehmann acknowledged that he is not sure how they do it with all the media rights and all that, however, that the enormous plan ensured squads would not need to rest cricketers from matches.
With skipper Michael Clarke set to come back against Bangladesh, and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh asking, Darren Lehmann was asked whether Shane Watson was at edge of being exclusion from the Australian squad.
Darren Lehmann said he required his entire team healthy and firing, which would in turn lead to selection quandary. He said Mitchell Marsh playing really well, that puts compulsion not just on Shane Watson but a lot of player. With Michael returning back, if he is healthy he is going to play so they are going to have to make a difficult decision.
Lehmann said he was aware of the extensive censure pointed at Shane Watson, but that ultimately Australia would select its best team for each match of the crusade.
He was quoted saying: “But at the end of the day you have to make the right call for that particular game. Bangladesh on Saturday, that’s what we’re focused on and we’ll work out what the best XI is,” he said. “With overcast conditions we might play a different way, and it depends on the wicket.”