Melbourne: Ashes might be almost a year away, but verbal volleys have begun with Australian coach Darren Lehmann challenging England to produce the same green, seaming pitches they used to beat India when his team visits the country next year.
“The wickets were quite sporting over there in the last couple of Test matches. The Ovalů I can’t remember that sort of wicket being produced for an Australian Test match in the last 50 or 60 years, so that’s interesting in itself,” Lehmann said when asked about the just-concluded Test series between India and England.
“From my point of view, I am looking for those sort of wickets next year,” he was quoted as saying by The Australian.
The Australian coach said he hopes that when the next series begins, Australia’s bowlers will have the same green tops produced that undid India in the five-match series that concluded on Sunday.
“Can we get the same next summer please? RT Here it is. The Lord’s pitch. What do you think? #EngvInd,” Cricket Australia had tweeted last month.