Pay-war break may ben­e­fit Aussies, says Lehmann

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SYD­NEY: Dar­ren Lehmann promised Aus­tralia won’t be un­der-pre­pared for their tour of Bangladesh af­ter a pay dis­pute left them tem­po­rar­ily un­em­ployed — and said the en­forced break may have even done them good.

But the coach said he would be sure to put his 14-man squad through their paces at a one­week train­ing camp in trop­i­cal Dar­win, be­fore they leave for the two-Test tour next Fri­day.

The camp rep­re­sents the first for­mal cricket en­vi­ron­ment for Aus­tralia’s top in­ter­na­tion­als since they were booted out of the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in June.

Since then, they were among about 230 play­ers who were tech­ni­cally un­em­ployed for more than a month over a long-run­ning pay dis­pute, which was fi­nally re­solved last week.

But de­spite hav­ing only a week to pre­pare for their first Test tour of Bangladesh in more than a decade, Lehmann said the dis­rup­tion was not a con­cern.

Lehmann said the break from play­ing and tour­ing had even ben­e­fited some play­ers by re­fresh­ing them men­tally and phys­i­cally head­ing into the Bangladesh tour.

Lehmann added: “The Dar­win camp wick­ets are very sim­i­lar to what we’ll get in Bangladesh – they’re low and they’re slow, and they will spin.

Aus­tralia play Tests in Dhaka from Au­gust 27-31 and Chit­tagong from Septem­ber 4-8, their first in Bangladesh since 2006.

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