England are happy to continue playing "dour" cricket if it will keep them on a winning track in Australia at the end of the year.
<b>England are happy to continue playing "dour" cricket if it will keep them on a winning track in Australia at the end of the year.</b>
Australia coach Darren Lehmann gave his critique of the kind of cricket England play in an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, but England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Hugh Morris says the team is more than satisfied with its style of play – and the results it has delivered.
"I'm really happy with our style," Morris told reporters as the new Ashes squad was unveiled.
"Over the last five years, I think our results have spoken for themselves.
"Over the last 12 months, since Alastair Cook took over as captain, we've played four series, won three and drawn one.
"That includes a win in India, for the first time in 28 years, and a 3-0 win against Australia here.
"Our style, and approach, is looking to win important matches – which we've done consistently."
National selector Geoff Miller also had to defend England's methods, as well as their selection policy, after it was pointed out the three uncapped players in the squad were all born outside this country.
"Styles change, with conditions home and away," said Miller.
"We're happy with our style of cricket."
In response to the questioning of the heritage of fast bowler Boyd Rankin, all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Gary Ballance – respectively born in Northern Ireland, New Zealand and Zimbabwe – he added: "They have come through an English route.
"They've come into English cricket, and developed further towards what we require of them internationally.
"They've done all that has been asked of them, and shown the passion to want to play for England.
"They have justified being selected for England. The process has been accentuated by what they've done in England."
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