Lehmann: No need for 'truce' talks

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Australia coach Darren Lehmann is not considering having a 'truce' talk with England counterpart Andy Flower, in light of recent events regarding sledging and Jonathan Trott's departure due to a stress-related illness.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann is not considering having a 'truce' talk with England counterpart Andy Flower, in light of recent events regarding sledging and Jonathan Trott's departure due to a stress-related illness.

It was suggested to Flower at a press conference following the Trott announcement, and Michael Clarke's fine for sledging, that the coaches could have a chat about calming the 'banter' down, and Flower said he'd be open to that.

But Lehmann doesn't feel it's an option. He told <i>FIVEaa radio</i> on Tuesday: "From my point of view, Andy looks after his side, and I look after my side. That's what you do in the game of cricket.

"I played cricket with Andy – I know him and I talk to him all the time. But at the end of the day, he's in control of the England cricket team – and we have to try to get the Ashes back."

The coach then expressed his desire for Trott's quick recovery, but said that it had nothing to do with how they would play the rest of the series, and that England's players would understand that.

Lehmann added of future encounters, while expressing his good wishes for the batsman: "Jonathan Trott's gone home, and I hope he gets well soon.

"We're still going to play really hard cricket – that's what we're about. We copped a lot in England, and we didn't shy away from that.

"That's what happens – you expect it when you go away (from home). So I don't see what the difference is from England to here, considering we're on the other end of it.

"That's just the way it goes. Both teams played hard – and as long as it stays on the field, I'm happy with that."

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