Law backs Lehmann's ascent to the coaching crown
FORMER Queensland captain Stuart Law has backed the appointment of Bulls coach Darren Lehmann to the Australian job after the axing of Micky Arthur.
Law said the man called 'Boof' was the right man for the job, and not just because the passionate Queenslander would love nothing more than to take over from Lehmann at the Bulls.
"He approaches the game in the way that he played it, and the players who play under him love him because he keeps it simple and makes it fun - the game is hard enough to play at this level and he understands that," Law, a former international teammate and domestic sparring partner of Lehmann, said.
"His approach is simple, tough, but always fair. But above all he's a champion bloke, and there is no doubt he'll do a cracking job for Australia."
Law, who led Queensland to four Sheffield Shield titles as captain, said late yesterday he had not received any calls about a possible vacancy from state officials, but like everyone else in the cricketing world, was waiting to hear what changes Cricket Australia had planned.
Those changes also included captain Michael Clarke resigning as a selector.
The decision to send Arthur packing just two weeks from the first Ashes Test comes after Australia failed to win a game in the Champions Trophy, the 4-0 Test series thrashing in India, the homework fiasco, David Warner's Twitter outbursts, and the punch the opener threw at England batsman Joe Root in a bar in Birmingham.
Law, the high-performance coach at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, said it was time to move on and no one was more deserving of the Australian job than Lehmann who has won the Sheffield Shield and one-day titles with the Bulls, while also guiding the Brisbane Heat to the Big Bash League title.
"He has untold respect in the cricket world, not only for his playing career, but also for what he has already achieved as a coach," Law said.
"There is no doubt he was the best player I ever played against and he's got a fantastic cricket brain."
The decision to sack Arthur came as the Australian squad gathered in Taunton for its first pre-Ashes tour match, starting tomorrow against Somerset.
The South African had been appointed after the Argus Review, which was ordered after Australia lost the 2009-10 home Ashes series to England. He was coaching Western Australia at the time, and was given the nod after a worldwide search.
The Ashes series begins on July 10.