Lehmann quite happy with Test spin stocks


Australia don't have a Test match scheduled until July, but coach Darren Lehmann is confident he already has enough spinners on hand to do well in Sri Lanka when the time comes.

With the World Twenty20 and the Indian Premier League standing between Lehmann and the next three-match Test series, the coach is confident the spinners he has will be well prepared for the Sri Lankans.

Aside from veteran spinner Nathan Lyon, the next few months will also give the likes of Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, and Steve O'Keefe a few chances to impress, both with white and red balls.

Lehmann, also speaking about the change in conditions, said on the CA website: "We're pretty comfortable with where the spinners are at. It'll certainly be different to here (Australia).

"How much that changes I don't know but you'd have to have a couple of spinners, (also) blokes who play spin well.

"That's the biggest thing when you play away, you have to change and not fight the conditions."

Lehmann also said that the influx of players in the wake of last year's post-Ashes retirements were developing well, and that the 'sink or swim' situation they endured paid off so far.

He said:"For success you need to be able to pick and grow as a team. We've been managing to do that because we had such a big exodus of players in one hit.

"That was the advantage, I suppose, as a selection panel .. letting blokes play for a series.

"Lucky enough we're doing that at the moment because we've got so many injuries and retirements."