New Delhi: The mind games in the ongoing Ashes series continue as Australian coach Darren Lehmann sounded a warning for the visiting English team, almost as if he was gloating about the pitch England can expect in the next Test. Brushed aside by 10 wickets in the first Test in Brisbane, England already seem under severe pump.
Lehmann on Tuesday said the Adelaide Oval, which will host the second Ashes Test against England, would be the fastest pitch in the country under lights. “It’s a fascinating Test match, there’s a lot of talk about it’ll seam and it’ll swing,” Lehmann said as the teams travelled from Brisbane to Adelaide.
“The ball stays pretty good, but you can make runs if you play well as per normal. And it does quicken up at night — probably the fastest wicket around Australia at night, so that’s going to be interesting, how it plays,” Lehmann was quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
Saying that the Aussies will attack England’s middle and lower order, Lehmann also pointed out that short deliveries will work to the hosts’ advantage as grounds here are bigger than in England. “(Bowling short) certainly hasn’t changed from four years ago. It’s a bit different in Australia than England where grounds are smaller and you can’t really get away with it, on bigger grounds you can. (With IANS inputs)