Aussie cricket coach tells Wallabies to get aggressive
August 11, 2014
The Wallabies will be hoping to have the same success as they had over France in June © Getty Images
Darren Lehmann brought about the resurgence of Australian cricket and dismantled England's dominance, and Australia's cricket coach believes the same brand of aggression and self-confidence can bring about the Wallabies' first Bledisloe Cup win in 12 years.
Coming together for dinner on Sunday night, the Australian cricket and rugby teams were able to share ideas and discuss their sports and the similarities between England's five years of Ashes dominance and the All Blacks' superiority in the Bledisloe series.
Lehmann engineered the collapse of England with the return to aggressive and confident cricket, and he told The Daily Telegraph the same factors were key for the Wallabies in the must-win Sydney Test against New Zealand.
"You have to do that [be aggressive] all the time," Lehmann said. "That's the way we want to play, and the Wallabies, when they play that aggressive brand, they play well. And it's the best to watch them when they play that way."
Tearing into the English team, the Australians swept the series 5-0 to regain the Ashes for the first time in three series. Asked what his team focused on, and what could be useful for the Wallabies, Lehmann said they had to focus on their own game.
"We worried about ourselves, and that's what the Wallabies are doing as well," Lehmann told The Daily Telegraph. "We are going in to play the way we want to play and if we do that, we know we are going to be good enough.
"But it's a catch-22 isn't it? You have to play that way all the time to be successful, so to have the confidence to play your way is pretty important. That's the Wallabies are trying to develop, and do. You are going to have hiccups along the way, it is just a matter of learning from them. Players are going to make mistakes and coaches are going to make mistakes, just learn from them, and improve.
Speaking before the dinner, Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie said the side would be focusing on themselves and not on the All Blacks.
"We want to make sure we spend the week thinking about ourselves," McKenzie said. "We have a fair idea about what they [New Zealand] are about. But we can't predict every scenario that they'll bring to the table so we will have to adapt on the night.
"We just have to make sure we bring our A-game and make sure we get to that, and put pressure on them."
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has spoken exclusively to ESPNscrum. Listen to the full, frank and wide-ranging interview on ESPNscrum from Tuesday, August 12, to get an insight into the Wallabies coach's thoughts and methods ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney on Saturday, August 16.
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