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Darren Lehmann was the obvious choice, says Blewett

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Former Australian batsman Greg Blewett has come out in support of his former team mate Darren Lehmann after he was handed the job of coaching the Australian cricket team.

Lehmann was appointed by Cricket Australia to take over from the sensationally sacked Mickey Arthur and lead the Aussies into Ashes battle in just 16 days time.

Blewett was effusive in his praise for his former colleague, believing he could be just the man to lead Australia back to where it belongs in world cricket.  

Blewett was quoted by FoxSports saying: "I played just about my whole career with Boof (Lehmann) so I know him very well. What you see is what you get with Boof."

He was a fantastic player, and he's played a hell of a lot of cricket, so his knowledge on the game is tremendous.

"In terms of cricket, he's one of those guys who can think outside the square a little bit. He likes to play the game attackingly."

One of the areas where the current team has struggled is creating a cohesive unit, with rumblings coming out of the camp that it is divided. 

This is one area where Blewett feels that Lehmann can make an instant and lasting impression. 

"He's able to get on well with the squad and let the guys get out there and express themselves and play in an attacking fashion, so that's generally been his motto as a coach," he said.

“He's probably sick of saying it, but he's always saying that he wants the guys to go out there and enjoy their cricket, so I'm sure that's what he'll bring to the Australian cricket."

Former Australia captain and leader of the successful 1989 Ashes tourists Alan Border was also quick to praise the decision made by Cricket Australia in appointing Lehmann. 

Border also feels for Arthur and the situation regarding the shock announcement of his sacking.

"Darren Lehmann is the obvious choice. He does create a great atmosphere for the players. That's what they need that old hard head that's been around for a while," he said. 

"To make the decision now has caught everyone by surprise. Mickey Arthur has paid the price for the poor performances, whether he's totally responsible that's the debate becasue he doesn't bat or bowl." 

By making this decision, the Australian board is hoping for a sharp improvement in the teams form as it heads toward the crucial Ashes series.

Lehmann will have little time to impose his philosophies on the squad with Australia due to face England in the opening test at Trent Bridge on the 10th of July. 


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