Lehmann unfazed by England Ashes prep

Darren Lehmann doesn’t care.

About England’s bonding camp in Spain.

About Stuart Broad’s advice on Australia’s batting order.

About pretty much anything connected with the opposition his charges will face on July 8, when the Ashes starts in Cardiff.

“I don’t know. I don’t want to know. I don’t care,” Lehmann said, when asked on Sunday about England’s pre-Ashes trip to Spain.

Offspinner Nathan Lyon quipped last week that his countrymen had more interest in the Ashes than “sunbaking” in Spain.

Lehmann offered more of a straight bat when asked about the trip that new England coach Trevor Bayliss will use to learn more about his players.

“We’ve got to worry about how we are going to produce really good cricket in England, because we haven’t won here for 14 years,” he said.

“We are not worried too much about England. We’ve got to worry about getting it right … on the training track and getting better at the game of cricket.”

Broad recently opined that Steve Smith’s promotion to first drop would help England’s quest to reclaim the urn.

Lehmann, who famously accused Broad of “blatant cheating” in one of the flashpoints of the 2013 Ashes, didn’t want to bite back this time.

“I thought this sledging stuff was supposed to stop! There’s a lot of sledging going on in the media,” Lehmann said after his side completed a 255-run win over Kent.

“They (England) are allowed to have their comments – I’m not too worried about that.

“It’s pretty much always swung in the history of the game here in England and you’ve got to be a good player to make runs.

“I think Steven Smith is a good player.”

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