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Darren Lehmann: Australia have learnt lessons from 2013

Image: Darren Lehmann (R): The former all-rounder's first series in charge was the 2013 Ashes

Darren Lehmann has warned England that Australia have learnt the lessons from their last Ashes tour which saw them lose 3-0.

Ahead of the five-Test series which starts on July 8, the Australia coach believes the scoreline in 2013 flattered Alastair Cook’s side.

The Aussies gained revenge for that defeat by completing a 5-0 series whitewash in 2013-14 and have since gained top spot in the Test rankings.

Lehmann believes England are a strong side at home but is confident about his side’s form.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: “They’re a good side at home, so we need to play well.

“They played well last time which was only two years ago. That was a tight series, they won it 3-0, I thought it was tighter than that.

“We’ve learned a lot from that last tour and we’ve started to play some really good cricket so it’s going to be a great contest.”

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Australia's Mitchell Johnson celebrates after bowling out Ben Harmison of Kent
Image: Australia's Mitchell Johnson celebrates after bowling out Ben Harmison of Kent

The tourists are going well in their tour game with Kent after dismissing the hosts for 280 this morning having made 508-7 declared.

And Lehmann is pleased all his bowlers finished with wickets.

“I was pleased with Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris bowled really well today which was pleasing for us.

“The guys shared them out which is a plus for the side. It’s been a great tour game.”

Australia face Essex in their final tour game next week before the Investec Ashes series begins.

The first Investec Ashes Test is live from Cardiff on our dedicated Sky Sports Ashes channel from Wednesday July 8

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