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“From my point of view, Andy looks after his side and I look after my side, that’s what you do in the game of cricket”
Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has denied rumours of being interested in hosting a meeting with his English counterpart, Andy Flower, over determining the boundaries for sledging for the rest of the Ashes series.
Lehmann’s comments come after Flower stated that he was highly considering meeting with the Australian team management to discuss the incident of Australia opener David Warner calling England batsman Jonathan Trott “pretty poor and pretty weak”.
“I’ll have a think about it,” Flower said. “I think both sides must concentrate on playing the game of cricket on the pitch. In a competitive way but finding the right balance.
“I don’t think Trott should be raised on the pitch. We’re there to play cricket. A balance has got to be found on the pitch between competitiveness and not overstepping the line.”
However, while he wished Trott a speedy recovery from his stress-related illness, Lehmann pointed out that England had verbally taunted Australia throughout the first Test in Brisbane as well.
“From my point of view, Andy looks after his side and I look after my side, that’s what you do in the game of cricket,” Lehmann said on the Adelaide radio station 5AA. “I played cricket with Andy at South Australia, I talk to him all the time, but at the end of the day, he’s in control of the England cricket team and we’ve got to try and get the Ashes back.
“Trott has gone home and we hope he gets well soon. We do care about that but we’re still going to play really hard cricket.”
Lehmann also revealed that he and the entire Australian team management had talked to Warner about his comments as they believe he went slightly overboard.
Speaking about the other sledging incident, where Australia captain Michael Clarke told England pace bowler James Anderson to “get ready for a broken f***ing arm” after he allegedly threatened to punch debutant George Bailey in the face, Lehmann said: “I was happy that ‘Bails’ gave him a bit back, that’s part and parcel of the game. They’re all grown men out there, they will work it out.
“I just know we copped a lot in England and we didn’t shy away from that. That’s what happens when you go away, so I don’t see what the difference is from England to here. We’re on the other end of it, that’s just the way it goes. Both teams play hard and as long as it stays on the field I’m happy with that.”
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland offered his best wishes to Trott as well.
“All the staff, management and players at Cricket Australia wish Jonathan Trott well,” he said. “We hope to see him fit and healthy and back on the cricket field soon.”