Australia coach Darren Lehmann has found out just how cruel social media can be after asking for tickets to the Stoke City versus Liverpool Premier League game on Twitter.
Lehmann, obviously with some downtime after Australia’s embarrassingly short fourth Test defeat at the hands of England tweeted the following:
“Would like to go to Stoke v Liverpool with a couple of people anyone help? @stokecity or @LFC can you please retweet.”
And down came the ire from the Twitterverse as cricket fans gave it to the Australian coach over the poor Ashes campaign and what he supposedly should be doing.
“Aren’t you playing tomorrow……..oooops sorry,” tweeted Anthony Dutton
“You should be reviewing how you lost the #Ashes2015 to one of the worst English side in history,” fired in Dave Kinsella.
There were of course a couple of quips about Ben Stokes along the way.
“Surely you’ve had enough of Stokes??” said Andrew J Walker
“Maybe better off analyzing Ben Stokes not Stoke City,” tweeted Matt Laing.
Perhaps the most stinging and accurate rebuke came from a punter who suggested the Aussie team could learn a lot from Stoke, a side known for being resolute, dull, even unlikely to try and entertain the fans.
“Probably not the best timing to be sending out a tweet like that, maybe take the team with u to learn their defensive game,” tweeted Brent McGrath.
Much like his team in the first innings at Trent Bridge, Lehmann simply couldn’t let the quips go through to the keeper.
“Thanks so much for the abuse, was asking a question that people might help. Don’t bother now! Thanks again people for being so abusive.”