Independent UK – Australia coach Darren Lehmann has revealed he is planning for Ben Stokes to take part in the Ashes after it emerged the England all-rounder could be cleared by police this week over his involvement in a late-night brawl at the end of the summer.

Summary

  • Australia coach Darren Lehmann has revealed he is planning for Ben Stokes to take part in the Ashes after it emerged the England all-rounder could be cleared by police this week over his involvement in a late-night brawl at the end of the summer.
  • Lehmann can’t wait for the series to start and was diplomatic when asked about England’s squad, saying: “That’s a good mix, we think we’ve got a good mix.
  • Asked about his opponents’ tour games, with the final one ending in a draw in Townsville on Saturday after centuries by young Cricket Australia XI batsmen Jason Sangha and Matt Short, Lehmann revealed he has spotted weaknesses in England’s squad.
  • Australia have not lost at the Gabba since 1988 and it is a fortress England will need to escape undefeated if they are to have a realistic chance of winning the series.
  • Australia’s squad for the opening two matches of the series caused controversy with recalls for Tim Paine, the wicketkeeper who has not played a Test for seven years, and batsman Shaun Marsh, who will take his place at No6 in the hosts’ team after being given a ninth chance at this level.


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