As the latest England’s drinking issue has come to the fore which further saw Australian head coach Darren Lehmann stating they are focusing on their game in the ongoing Magellan Ashes 2017-18 campaign.
“It’s a case of actually making sure you’re trying the best you can to get your side prepared. For me, I don’t have a chuckle at any of that,” Lehmann told reporters in Perth and was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
The disciplinary issue has seemingly affected the side like the Three Lions-led by Joe Root and Lehmann on the other side had set his focus on his wards during the traditional five-match series.
“For us, we can’t worry about what’s going on outside with England,” Lehmann said.
With Australia already leading series 2-0, Lehmann remarked he didn’t found anything amusing regarding the latest bar incident while adding they will give their best in the third Test which will be kicking off from December 14.
“You have those situations at various stages throughout your career. It’s not funny,” Lehmann maintained.
Pertinently, England batsman Ben Duckett was suspended in an alcohol-fuelled late-night incident in the Perth-based bar.
Drinking issue is not merely a joke according to Lehmann, who revealed the hosts are not taking England lightly.
“I’ve been through all that, so no, I don’t have a chuckle at that,” Lehmann added.
Duckett flew to Australia with England Lions team as he was bound to play the two-day fixture against Cricket Australia XI which kicked off on Saturday (December 09).
The 23-year-old Duckett is, however, awaiting the punishment owing to the disciplinary grounds, as England has earlier witnessed that gloveman Jonny Bairstow’s infamous headbutt to Australian opener Cameron Bancroft grabbed the headlines in November.
However, Lehmann admitted the fact while saying England has best players to rely on who could further change the complexion of the game.
“They’re still a good cricket side and have some dangerous players,” Lehmann observed.
The 46-year-old Lehmann is hopeful to see his players shinning in the remainder of the series following the satisfactory performances in the Brisbane and Adelaide where the hosts won the pink-ball Test by 120 runs which further saw speedster and bowling spearhead Mitchell Starc bagged eight wickets in the match.
“I trust them, obviously. They’ve just had a couple of days off, so they’re all in today, and I’m sure they’ll do well,” Lehmann asserted.
The reports suggested Duckett has poured a beer bottle over England spearhead James Anderson.
Regarding the Duckett’s incident, England head coach Trevor Bayliss stated it’s not acceptable, and this should not have had taken place owing to the zero-tolerance policy against the disciplinary issues.
In the past three months since Ben Stokes’ Bristol-brawl incident, plenty of drama took place after England landed in Perth on October 29.
Excited for the Perth Test, Lehmann reiterated they are looking forward to seeing big crowd backing the hosts against England side which is capable of making a comeback.
“For us, have got to be really switched on come day one in Perth. Hopefully, a big crowd’s there and we have a great spectacle over five days,” Lehmann concluded.
Lehmann played 27 Tests for Australia in which he amassed 1,798 runs at an average of 44.95. He smashed five hundred and ten fifties in the longer version of the game between 1998 and 2004 while donning the white jersey.