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Australia coach Darren Lehmann seeks Ashes advice from former Test stars

Darren Lehmann: Wants stability in the batting order

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Australia coach Darren Lehmann has sought advice from a number of former Test stars as he prepares for the return Ashes series this winter.

Lehmann hosted a forum in which a group of 20 ex-internationals put forward their ideas on how Australia can wrestle the Ashes from England's grasp following three consecutive series defeats.

Justin Langer, Greg and Ian Chappell, Ricky Ponting and Tom Moody were among the key personnel involved, with Lehmann highlighting an improvement in the Australian batting as his main priority.

Lehmann is determined to see his batsmen avoid giving their wickets away and occupy the crease for long periods to frustrate England's powerful attack.

"It's just an overview from my point of view. I wanted to get the views of some former greats of the game, talk about batting for four hours."

Darren Lehmann

"It's just an overview from my point of view," Lehmann said. "I wanted to get the views of some former greats of the game, talk about batting for four hours.

"I don't profess to know everything about batting. These guys have played a lot more Test cricket than I have so why wouldn't we ask about where we going?"


Australia were criticised for not having a settled batting line-up during the summer's 3-0 Ashes defeat to Alastair Cook's side, and Lehmann is keen to restore stability to the order.

"I think we'll be pretty consistent with who we want and the positions they're going to bat," he added.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia's team performance committee have revealed the introduction of a streamlined selection process for seam bowlers.

CA have a shortlist of eight potential Test pacemen for the five-Test series, which starts in Brisbane on 21 November, and the group will only be changed if injury strikes.

Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson are almost certain to be in the elite eight, with youngsters Nathan Coulter-Nile, Gurinder Sandhu and Chadd Sayers challenging for places.

Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Jackson Bird remain sidelined by injury and are struggling to regain fitness in time for the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba.