The head coach of Australian cricket team Darren Lehman is hopeful of turning the fortunes of Australian cricket team in the subcontinent. The Australian team will kick off the Sri Lanka tour from July 26. The tour will last for more than 40 days and the last match of the series will be played on September 9 in the form of a T20. The tour will be a real test for both the teams as Australian team does not have a good record in the subcontinent whereas the Sri Lankan team is too going through a rough patch as they have just returned from England without even winning a single game.
“I think we have a good mix and a young group. If they have success now, that stamps you in good stead when you are going on the tours in the future, Apart from (Adam) Voges, you have a core group there, the top six, apart from Voges, who probably could be around for five, six years.
“If they have success now, that stands them in good stead for India, Pakistan, UAE, all that coming up. We just have to adjust better,” Lehmann told to Fairfax.
Australia team management which is known for doing best homework than any other team has already arrived here in Sri Lanka with two weeks still to go for the first Test match. The reason behind this is to adapt to the conditions here which are very much different from that to their home country Australia.
“We think we have done that by going a bit earlier, having an extra trial game if you like, and spending a bit more time in the country before we hit the road. I think that’s the thing about the subcontinent. You can’t have a certain way, everyone is different,
“You have to be able to chop and change and oscillate between gears and sometimes you just have to hold and stay in and take the ones, and sometimes it’s tough and you have to take the game on,” Lehmann added.
The reason why the Australian team is pretty much concentrating on this tour is that the last time they visited a subcontinent country for a test series; they were white-washed by Indian team by a margin of 4-0. Many cricketers and staff members were shown the doors after that series.
The Australian team which is placed at number 1 in the Test ranking can’t afford to lose the Test series here as this will surely have an effect on their place in the ICC Test rankings.