Australia Cricket: Lehmann not getting carried away

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Darren Lehmann says Australia will not get carried away despite their comprehensive victory over England in the opening Ashes Test.

Lehmann was delighted with the display of his team but he is refusing to get too excited yet and knows there is still plenty of work to be done before the Ashes are in the bag.

Lehmann’s men hammered England by 381 runs within four days to take a 1-0 lead in the series and there is now a real belief the Ashes could be heading back to Australia.

Next up is a trip to the Adelaide Oval for the second Test and Lehmann says they will be taking nothing for granted.

“We played well but the next Test is a different kettle of fish,” said Lehmann.

“We have some good plans, we like what we are doing but we start from scratch in Adelaide.

“There are still four Tests to go. We have to go to Adelaide and play the same brand of cricket. We are not looking too far ahead.

“We’re going to concentrate on the first day in Adelaide. We’re going to try to live in the present, enjoy the moment but move on.”

Meanwhile, Lehmann has also been impressed with Mitchell Johnson and is hoping he can carry the form into the Adelaide Test even though the pitch in South Australia will be completely different.

“It depends what we get in Adelaide, we don’t know,” added Lehmann. “But he bowled beautifully here. He was aggressive, got bounce and had confidence.

“I have been impressed with him on the ground and off the ground too. He can do it on any pitch with his speed and velocity.

“He’s in a good spot. We want all players to improve every day.

“He will be wayward but you accept that but when he is good he is very good and exciting like in this Test.”

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