CA chief hails Lehmann for 'turning the ship round' from disastrous summer Ashes

Sydney, Dec 19 : Cricket Australia (CA) chief James Sutherland has commended national coach Darren Lehmann for 'turning the ship around' after the disastrous start to the summer Ashes series in England and praised his belief during the country's darkest cricketing hour.

Following Australia regaining the Ashes in Perth, Sutherland said that Lehmann's steadfast trust in his team and methods after a humiliating 347-run loss at Lord's in July's second Test had pleasantly caught him by surprise, adding that he was touched by Lehmann's knowledge or belief that success would come despite the suffering times.

According to, Sutherland also praised skipper Michael Clarke's resolve to return the team to its halcyon days, saying that Clarke has always been hungry for team success, which comes from the fact that his success as a player, having taken over the leadership from Ricky Ponting, has even got better.

Sutherland further said that it is a very phenomenal effort by Clarke to step up as a cricketer and as a leader at the same time given the numerous pressures on him.

--ANI (Posted on 19-12-2013)

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