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Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has applauded the International Cricket Council (ICC) for cracking down on suspicious bowling actions.
Lehmann’s comments come after Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal was banned after all his deliveries were found to be nearly three times over the 15-degree flex limit.
“The ICC have obviously decided to have a crackdown on it and that’s good for the game. We’ve got to make sure that area is right,” Lehmann told radio channel,Fiveaa. “If you’re within the rules then fine, if you’re not, then you’ve got to be looked at. That’s what they have decided to do. They have had a real crackdown on four-five players of late so what that tells coaches and players, and everyone coming through the game and the young guys, is you won’t be able to do any of that moving forward.”
Lehmann also admitted that he was disappointed that the national team lost to South Africa by six wickets in the recent ODI tri-series final.
However, despite the loss, Lehmann stated that it was a good learning experience for many of Australia’s younger players.
“Obviously the results were a bit disappointing but we found a few and we haven’t seen a couple of these guys at that level,” he said. “You’ve got to remember we played against a very good side and came up against the best players in the world in [Faf] du Plessis and [AB] de Villiers.
“It was very good for our young players to see that kind of team. We probably got more out of the tournament than South Africa did. We know exactly how they’re going to shape up and what they are going to do. They won’t change their set-up. So we know what to expect from them. Obviously, the wickets are nothing like the Australian wickets, so that’s an advantage. They have a very good bowling attack, but it’s good to see them close-up.”
Lehmann was also quick to dismiss rumours of a rift between himself and Michael Clarke after the Australian captain criticised the national selectors for omitting all-rounder Steven Smith and left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson during their humiliating loss to Zimbabwe in the tri-series.
“[There’s] Nothing. He said something, I said something. That’s what happened,” Lehmann said. “Clarke and I laughed about that last couple of days, it’s been quite interesting. No issues whatsoever. We deal with those issues straightaway and move on. Captains will be disappointed when they lose, as they should be, and as we want him to be. We were disappointed and that’s the way it goes sometimes.
“You are allowed to make mistakes. There are no issues from Michael’s end, or my end or anyone’s end. It’s been out more in the media.”