Lehmann: Runs will give Warner license

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Australia coach Darren Lehmann doesn’t mind which David Warner turns up against England as long he gets runs in the Ashes.

Warner has switched between two ‘personas’ over the last few months, the hyper-aggressive ‘Bull’ or the serene and optimistic ‘Reverend’.

The opener and vice-captain has stayed away from off-field trouble but hasn’t been afraid to give a bit of verbal here and there.

Warner declared his desire to bring the war to England during the Ashes, something that doesn’t bother Lehmann.

Lehmann told cricket.com.au: “Whichever way (Warner) decides to go, he’ll go – he’s his own man.

“Bull, Reverend, Bull, Reverend, I don’t know which one turns up, but the main thing for him is that he leads well.

“He helps Steven (Smith) out as vice-captain, which he will do, and makes runs.

“If he decides to get stuck into their players, which I’m sure he will at various stages, that will come back both ways.”

Lehmann himself expects things to become quite competitive but he is sure that his players will not cross the line.

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He added: “It’s going to be a fiery series at different times but they all know each other reasonably well because they play so much cricket with and against each other these days.

“As long as it doesn’t go personal, and no-one will go down that path, but I’m sure our boys will give as good as they get.”

Lehmann revealed that they had discussed sledging certain England players, with the coach feeling they could draw the crowd into the game to give them the edge.

He said: “Certainly different players, very much so.

“That’s just having the advantage of playing at home.

“The crowd gets behind you and it’s amazing what the crowd can do. The 25 million people (in Australia) and all the people coming to the games, they’re just as big a player as the 11 playing on the ground.”