England's Ben Stokes celebrates a century against Australia at Edgbaston
England's Ben Stokes celebrates a century against Australia at Edgbaston Rui Vieira

England are ODI copycats, says Australian coach

DARREN Lehmann says the reason behind England's ODI charge is simple - they are copying Australia's blueprint from their brilliant 2015 World Cup campaign.

England have reached the Champions Trophy semifinals playing an exciting, attacking brand of cricket, with skipper Eoin Morgan and the irrepressible Ben Stokes showing the way.

Local media would even have you believe England's brave playing style, which is pushed heavily by Morgan, has been highly influenced by the way fearless New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum turned the Kiwis around.

But Lehmann was having nothing of it, saying the Aussie side from two years ago was still the template for one-day domination

"I think England and New Zealand took the way we played in the last World Cup. We played with bravery, we smashed every side bar New Zealand in Auckland," he said.

"They are starting to take the way we played, not vice-versa. When they win a World Cup, then we can take the way they play.

"We want to get back to playing brave cricket, I don't think we've been brave enough or smart enough in this tournament.

"Guys are up for it, we just got outplayed."

 

England captain Eoin Morgan plays a shot during the ICC Champions Trophy match between England and Australia at Edgbaston
England captain Eoin Morgan plays a shot during the ICC Champions Trophy match between England and Australia at Edgbaston Rui Vieira

Lehmann conceded the experiment of Moises Henriques batting at number four, which came after a heavy push from captain Steve Smith, playing ahead of Marcus Stoinis who smashed 146 not out against the Kiwis in February "probably didn't work".

"Marcus was very good in New Zealand, so that was a tough selection call," he said.

"But you take advice from everyone and you make a call, and the skipper was quite keen for him to bat at four. He looked good, he just probably didn't capitalise."

And despite little going right for Australia at a tournament it was never really a factor in, owing to two-washed out games and no momentum, Lehmann said there were no excuses and his side just wasn't good enough.

"Blokes had been playing IPL, we had enough games before we played the first game against New Zealand. The rain didn't help, but there's no excuses from our end. We were poor, deserved to lose," he said.

"We've got to get better at playing the game of cricket. It's an old analogy, I've said it a lot, but we have to get better. "

News Corp Australia


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