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Adelaide probably the fastest wicket in Australia at night- Darren Lehmann

Darren Lehmann

Darren Lehmann, the Australian coach,said the wicket would suit his bowlers. “It’ll seam and swing,” Lehmann told reporters in Adelaide on Tuesday (November 28). “And it does quicken up at night. It’s probably the fastest wicket around Australia at night, so that’ll be interesting. That’s a good sign for us.”

Despite a convincing first Test victory, Australia’s attack still endured a heavy workload through England’s grinding batting on a surprisingly slow Gabba surface. Lehmann said Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins would not be rested. “As long as they get through main day (Thursday’s session) they’re all good,” he said.

“He wants the ball day in, day out. A bit like Warney (Shane Warne) did when he played,” he said. “He’s not as confident as Warney was, but he’s just really starting to lead and help the bowlers out.”

Lehmann hoped the under fire Khawaja would perform in Adelaide, the scene of his brilliant Test century against South Africa one year ago. “We want him to make some runs like everyone else,” he said.

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