Ashes: Australia coach Darren Lehmann reaches out to spin legend Shane Warne
Darren Lehmann hopes Shane Warne will be around to offer advice to his young Australia squad during The Ashes.
Last Updated: 25/06/13 9:46am
Lehmann took charge of the national side on Monday, only hours after Mickey Arhtur's surprise dismissal, and immediately set his sights on grabbing The Ashes back from England this summer.
He won the urn twice as a player alongside Warne and was also a Victoria team-mate for four seasons, which leads him to hope Warne will be a regular in the Australia dressing room during the series.
"We would love him (Warne) in the room. The past legends is what we are about," said Lehmann.
"You don't have a guy take 700 Test wickets and not use him if he is around the place. He is always welcome as is anyone who has represented Australia in our dressing room. I will be after the past players to use their knowledge and guidance along the way.
"If he (Warne) is around, and I know he is commentating with Sky all the time, then we will certainly use him. I have had some great messages. They (past players) are an important part of what we are trying to create."
Lehmann is also keen to ensure Australia remain professional on and off the field, and believes if they do so victory over favourites England is not out of the question.
"We will get everything right on and off the field," said Lehmann. "It is important to talk about the game whether it be with a beer or a diet coke in your hand. I don't care. It is about learning the game and improving our skills on and off the field and that is what we are about.
"This journey over the next two months during the Ashes we will learn about ourselves as cricketers and people which is really important and performing at the level everyone would expect us to to back home. That is where that comes into it. Learning about where we can do things differently.
"Yes definitely we can still win the Ashes. The team is going to play in a certain way. We are going to play an aggressive brand of cricket that entertains people and fans and gets the job done on and off the field.
"I am excited by the challenge. I am looking forward to working with Michael (Clarke) closely and the other team members and look forward to them having success throughout this tour."