Lehmann and Brett Lee quarrel over bowling coach: Former Australian cricketers were at loggerheads after David Saker’s resignation.
Australia bowling coach David Saker’s sudden resignation yesterday has put the former Australia duo of Darren Lehmann and Brett Lee at odds with each other regarding the role of a bowling coach for the Australian team.
Lee, who has 700+ international wickets to his name, was of the opinion that there is not much requirement of a bowling coach throughout the year. On the other hand, Lehmann asserted that there isn’t wrong with a bowler having a personal coach but you require one central point to oversee it all.
“I’d have a part-time bowling coach because sometimes I think a bowling coach is limited to what he can teach the young guys coming through but also to make sure that you’re doing things on the ground with the current team,” Lee was quoted as saying during his commentary stint in the ongoing edition of the Big Bash League.
@BrettLee_58 could not agree more with bowling coach being part time. Over coached.
— Brett Bevan (@bbevo79) February 7, 2019
totally agree with this… @darren_lehmann must be taking the piss… australia’s bowling went downhill under his watch, with a fulltime bowling coach…
let the bowlers bowl. and get them fit, with more bowling, not less.
— Shannon Pace (@thecouchcoach05) February 7, 2019
“Maybe before a tournament starts, come in for a week, do a few top-ups at the start of the season. I just don’t think they need a bowling coach for 300 days a year. It’s good to keep it fresh otherwise the bowling coach becomes stale,” Lee added.
Claiming Lee’s plan as ‘rubbish’, Lehmann was adamant at having a full-time bowling coach. “I think that’s rubbish. Your bowling group need to have a guy they can go to and really be part of that coaching [staff],” Lehmann said.
“I want a guy there full-time, one guy’s got to oversee it all. You have to have that one focal point as a coach but there’s no reason players can’t see other coaches. You’ll still got to have that one central point,” Lehman further added.
Felt like our bowlers had some nice results when Craig McDermott had his couple of stints as coach and gave them the simple plan to bowl a fuller length
— Dog & Under (@Luke_Pownall) February 8, 2019
@darren_lehmann totally agree with you Brett too many coaches in the room and Mr Saker had all summer and still couldn’t coach Starc to stop bowling down the leg side or identify he was injured..what was he doing all day only 4 bowlers to tend to???
— Mxyz (@Mxyz161) February 8, 2019
Lee then brought his personal experience into the picture citing that the Australian cricket has the involvement of many people. “What I see with the Australian cricket team and when I was there, there’s too many people involved,” he mentioned.
“When I was playing you get to the stage with a bowling coach where you do your work with them in the first couple of weeks [of the season], which is fantastic. A bowling coach is very important but in limited space and timings. I don’t think it should be there full-time,” Lee concluded.
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The Australia bowling coach position is up for grabs.
It’s fair to say Brett Lee and Darren Lehmann don’t see eye-to-eye about what should happen next.
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) February 7, 2019