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David Lloyd: Australia no match for England

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Australia are not as talented as England and replacing Micky Arthur with Darren Lehmann will not alter the facts, according to David Lloyd.

The tourists took the decision to sack Arthur as coach just 19 days before the first Ashes Test, with Lehmann signing a three-year contract to succeed the South African.

Australia enter into the opening match of the Ashes series on Wednesday at Trent Bridge as the underdogs to regain the urn, while England are hoping to make it a hat-trick of triumphs over their rivals.

Although Australia may have been provided with a fillip when Lehmann was brought in at the end of Arthur's controversial reign, Lloyd does not believe a change of coach will have a significant impact on the series.

Lloyd says, despite the appointment of Lehmann, the quality of the respective sets of players will determine who will win the Ashes, and England have the squad with the greatest depth of talent.

"It’s Arthur’s fault now, but if England win the Ashes whose fault is it then? There’s too much emphasis put on the coach," the former England coach told The Telegraph.

"Did a coach motivate Gary Sobers, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Shane Warne? No, a bit of talent helps. Australia are not as talented as England, simple as that. Man for man they aren’t. They can change their backroom as much as they like, they can’t change that.”

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