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Lehmann has left all of Warner’s controversies in the past
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has revealed that opening batsman David Warner has been given a “clean slate” after being in the media limelight for his role in numerous controversies over the past couple of months.
Warner was recently suspended by Cricket Australia till the start of the Ashes series and fined A$ 11,500 for punching England’s Joe Root at the Walkabout bar in Birmingham during the recently concluded Champions Trophy.
The opening batsman also got himself into hot water after launching a verbal tirade against two News Limited journalists via Twitter.
Lehmann,who replaced Mickey Arthur as Australia’s head coach, noted that whatever Warner did under his predecessor’s regime had been left in the past and, as long as he does not divert back to his old ways, he will be given a “clean slate”.
“Very much so a clean slate,” Lehmann said. “We can’t control what’s happened in the past. We’ve just got to worry about the future and make sure he gets enough nets and then comes into consideration like everyone else. That’s all we can do.
“We were lucky enough the facilities that we’ve had centre wickets every day and he’s been the first there and last to leave, so I’ve been pretty happy with his preparation and what he’s trying to get out of what he can do without playing a game.
“I don’t know what’s happened in the past, so for me he’s got to do that. And he’s not the only one, everyone in the squad’s got to train that way, we want to train as hard as we can and be the best we can be at training, and then transfer that into the games.”
Lehmann also issued a warning to pace bowler Peter Siddle after the 28-year-old bowled rather sloppily during Australia’s warm-up game against Somerset.
“Bowlers are a different species at the best of times, mentally and physically, but for me it’s a case of making sure they play the best they can each game,” Lehmann said. “We want him to bowl well each and every time, whether it’s a tour game or a Test match, and he knows that.”