‘I want to take Australian cricket back to the golden eras of Lillee and Thomson, the Chappells and Steve Waugh’, says Darren Lehmann

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“We want to play within the rules but we will play aggressive, in-your-face cricket which was a trademark of the above eras”

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has announced that he intends to “take Australian cricket back to the golden eras of Lillee and Thomson, the Chappells and Steve Waugh”.

During those eras, the baggy greens were one of the most feared teams in international cricket, and Lehmann is hoping to instill fear into the hearts of Australia’s opponents once again.

“I want to take Australian cricket back to the golden eras of Lillee and Thomson, the Chappells and Steve Waugh,” Lehmann wrote in his column for News Limited. “The days of Merv Hughes, Rodney Marsh and Allan Border when Australia was defined by a good, hard brand of cricket.

“We want to play within the rules but we will play aggressive, in-your-face cricket which was a trademark of the above eras.

“When Australian teams are performing at their best they are playing right on the edge as we were in Brisbane.

“That is the Aussie way.”

Lehmann was also extremely impressed with left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson’s performance in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, where he scored 64 runs in the first innings and took nine wickets, including a five-wicket haul, in the second innings.

“I loved the whole theatre around Mitchell Johnson’s display at the Gabba right down to the fact that his new moustache brought back all those rich memories of the 70s with the stars and their handlebar mos (moustaches),” Lehmann added. “I like the sight of characters expressing themselves in the game. That’s the sort of cricket the fans want to see.

“We have asked Mitchell to fill a role and he did that brilliantly with aggression and confidence. We want him to liven them up.

“My hope for the second Test in Adelaide and beyond is that Australian fans can replicate the crowd force of Brisbane.”

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