Darren Lehmann, Australia’s coach, has refused to stick the boot into an embattled England after the latest alcohol-fuelled scandal for the beleaguered tourists.
Dunkett’s incident occurred on the first evening after Andrew Strauss, ECB director of cricket, agreed to relax the team’s curfew. England had arrived in Australia under the microscope after star allrounder Ben Stokes was involved in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in September, which is awaiting a verdict from UK prosecutors.
Lehmann was adamant England’s off-field woes were not a laughing matter. “No. I’ve been through all that, so no, I don’t have a chuckle at that,” Lehmann told reporters in Perth on Sunday (December 10). “You have those situations at various stages throughout your career. It’s not funny. It’s a case of actually making sure you’re trying the best you can to get your side prepared.
“For me, I don’t have a chuckle at any of that,” he added.
Lehmann said he had faith in his players behaving themselves off-field. “I trust them, obviously,” he said.
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