Aussie Angle: If anybody can sort this lot out ahead of the Ashes, Darren Lehmann can

The timing’s not the best but it’s better now than mid-Ashes

I know Darren Lehmann well, and he's a man who knows how to win. He's a double World Cup champion as a player, he's won three tournaments in Australia as a coach in all formats of the game and he's won the Indian Premier League too. He's the right bloke for the job.

"Boof" likes the way the game was played in the past, and in Test cricket there's still a bat and there's still a ball. You go around Australia and you won't hear a bad word said about him. What he's very good at is man management. He will bring a different approach to the job. He'll sit down with the team and say: "Well listen, guys, how are we going to win this match?" And he will allow the players to do the thinking themselves.

I think young players like Usman Khawaja, who plays under Lehmann at Queensland, will do better now. But it's not only the youngsters. "Boof" played under coaches like Bobby Simpson and John Buchanan, back in the days when we were the best team in the world and had the best set-up. So he knows about how to handle the old-school type of player as well.

If anyone can turn it around in a short space of time, he can. But the pressure now is on the players themselves, not on Lehmann. Now the old coach has gone, there's no one else left to blame. If they didn't want Mickey Arthur, they've got what they wanted but now it's time to put up and shut up. Now we'll see how good they really are.

I think Michael Clarke doesn't want to be a selector any more because the rotation system that has been introduced just doesn't work for our team. The players have told Clarke: "Look, we don't want to have you as a selector, we want to be able to confide in you."

As we found out from Cricket Australia yesterday, Mick was told that he was ultimately responsible. He's taken a bullet that he didn't see coming. We always take tough decisions in Australia, always have, always will. The timing's not the best but it's better to do it now than halfway through the series.

So was the decision pre-planned? Is it a coincidence that the CEO of Cricket Australia, James Sutherland, is already in England three weeks before the start of an Ashes series? I've known James since he was 20 and I've never seen him so irate as when he described David Warner hitting Joe Root as "despicable". And Sutherland is taking personal responsibility for the decision.

Mick's record was OK but no more than that: 10 wins and six defeats in 19 Tests. If it wasn't for one session against South Africa last year, when we were reduced to 6 for 45 in the third Test in Perth, we would have been the No 1 Test team in the world. But it's all been downhill from there. And Homeworkgate in Chandigarh and other incidents have not gone down well.

Mick's a quality bloke but he may not have understood the Australian culture around the team. We've got to surround the side with a core group of former players who have been there and done that. You could have 10 to 15 of them in that group to get the culture right. They don't have to all be involved at once, just two or three at a time.

I was the batting coach with the team earlier this year. Mickey invited me in and he was fantastic. During the winter Michael Clarke asked Matty Hayden, Adam Gilchrist and Glenn McGrath to come in and we all worked with the team for a whole Test match at home; we were effectively part of the squad, and we were brought in to help the players make good decisions.

So is it now time for Clarke to give Mike Hussey a ring? The board didn't handle that situation well at all when he decided to jack it in.

One thing's for sure, it was time for a change. We never lost 4-0 in India, we never did so badly in a one-day tournament. Never once in my playing days did I see a player hit another player. If you behave like a buffoon off the field, you will behave like one on the field too.

Former Australian Test batsman Dean Jones will be writing regularly for 'The Independent' during the Ashes

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Angel Di Maria is shown the red card
Roger Federer after his win over Tomas Berdych
Life and Style
News in briefs: big pants in 'Bridget Jones's Diary'
fashionBig knickers are back
James Milner is set to sign for Liverpool this week despite rival interest from Arsenal
sportReds baulk at Benteke £32.5m release clause
The controversial Motor Neurone Disease Association poster, featuring sufferer Michael Smith, has drawn a series of angry complaints
newsThis one has been criticised for its 'threatening tone'
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral