Manager sacked days before biggest clash of the season?
It’s the sort of headline we read once a week during the football season, where the managerial merry-go-round has become part and parcel of the game. But it just isn't cricket. Or is it?
Turns out, it’s true. Australia have fired their coach Mickey Arthur, according to Nick Mulvenney and Josh Reich of The Globe and Mail, just a couple of weeks prior to the Ashes commencing, giving England fans even more encouragement that the spectacular summer of cricket ahead could be a one-sided affair.
However, maybe hang fire before you start taking the mickey out of your unfortunate Aussie friends and colleagues. The Baggy Greens have moved quickly to replace the departed South African with the hugely popular Darren Lehmann.
Thus, rather than the disenchanted calamitous side who finished at the bottom of their Champions Trophy group and even more embarrassingly visited the Birmingham branch of Walkabout, the appointment of Lehmann could be a masterstroke which quickly reunites and re-energises the Australian team and gives England a run for their money.
Read on to find out why Lehman is the right man for the job and four other reasons why the 2013 Ashes could be a lot closer than many people expect.