Lehmann explains man-management tactics

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Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has revealed some of his tactics when dealing with his diverse cast of characters, saying he doesn't even try to have in-depth chats with batsman David Warner.

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has revealed some of his tactics when dealing with his diverse cast of characters, saying he doesn't even try to have in-depth chats with batsman David Warner.

Lehmann took over from Mickey Arthur just before the Ashes in England in mid-2013, and though that series was a disaster for the Aussies, they turned it around Down Under and won the return leg five-nil.

They then went on to beat South Africa at home, with fast bowler Mitchell Johnson the star of both series. Considering the bad space they were in before Lehmann took over, he explained that each player needed tailored attention.

Lehmann said on ABC1: "Mitchell is a beautiful quiet guy who just goes about his business, so for me it's just about keeping him up. He'll have times when he's down, but not to let him get too down on himself.

"Players are their own harshest critic, as you would imagine, there are times when they're going to get a rocket from me. But making sure they're in a really good place to play the best cricket they can.

"And knowing each player, they're all different. I wouldn't talk to David Warner too long, because he wouldn't understand. [He'd] lose it. I keep it really short for guys like that, Glenn Maxwell, and that's fine, that's when they play their best cricket.

"But if I have to talk to Shane Watson or Mitchell Johnson or Michael Clarke, I might take it more in depth because they'll get it easier… that comes with age as well."

The Aussies were tipped as one of the favourites for the World Twenty20 in March, based on their efforts against England, but were surprisingly terrible, winning just one game and failing to make it out of the group stage.

Lehmann explained: "We were riding high on the back of beating England and South Africa, and then we struggled in Bangladesh … We were in winning positions when we let ourselves down. That's a good learning curve for us.

"I know it's not great when you're out of the World Cup, but as long as the players learn from that, and then don't make the same mistake. I'm OK with players making mistakes – don't make it twice."

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