Former Test star set to put his stamp on his new team from the start.
Darren Lehmann did not waste any time in setting down some basic rules for his tenure as Australia Cricket’s head coach.
When asked what he wanted to see from the side, the former Test and limited-overs star said: “Win, win, win.”
Lehman was announced as the new leader of the Australia side just 16 days out from their first game of the first of two back-to-back Ashes series.
The former South Australian batsman was o=put in charge of the side after Cricket Australia sacked Mickey Arthur, for what it said was a lack of improvement in on-field results and a deterioration in off-field standards.
Asked if he believes the Australians can win the Ashes, Lehmann showed confidence in the current side despite up and down form.
“Yes definitely,” he said.
“I’ll go through the way we want to train and play and as soon as we get (to Taunton) it’s full steam ahead.”
However, the sudden nature of Lehmann’s appointment to the top job caught Queensland Cricket (QC) on the hop, as they now have to look for a replacement.
QC chairman Jim Holding said the state game was sad to see one of their leader go, especially given the level of success he had from twenty20 through to Sheffield Shield level.
“Boof (Lehmann) created a tremendous environment for both teams and knew how to unlock the best from every player,” Holding said
“His knowledge of the game is second-to-none and he is enormously popular with the player group and fans alike.
“We are delighted for Boof to be appointed to such an important position in the game and proud of the part that the Bulls and Heat played in helping him get there.”
Holding said the Queensland Cricket Board would go undergo a global search for the next coach.
“Everything has happened very quickly and we are still to formulate exactly what that process entails, but we are determined to find the best possible candidate and will take as long as required to get that person,” he said.