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Darren Lehmann

We're not far off

05 September 2013 31

Switch hits. Reverse sweeps. Laps. Yorkers. Powerplays. Yep, the freedom and excitement of limited-overs cricket has hit us.

It’s no secret the Ashes series was a disappointment for us, but the gains we made will hold Australian cricket in good stead.

There was no time to rest following the final match at The Oval.

A majority of the limited-overs squad was already in Southampton preparing for the first T20 International.

All that was left to do was farewell the Test squad after a grueling series.

The team had a function at the team hotel after day five in London, with all the coaches getting dressed up for the evening.

You wouldn’t believe it but I went as Shrek, just for something different!

As we’ve seen over the T20 series, the power these guys possess is second to none.

Aaron Finch’s 156 in Southampton is one of the best knocks you’ll see.

He had another chance at the top of the order for Australia and took it with both hands, and then some!

With only a handful of games before the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh we need to get that side up and ready to go.

The experience we gained from the series just gone is great preparation leading in, both in posting a big total and how we go about a big run chase.

Looking ahead to the 50-over format, knowing your role is extremely important in one-day cricket.

We speak to the players and let them know what they need to do and how to go about it for us to achieve our main goal of winning the game.

If they all do their roles I’m quite confident we’ll have success on the one-day tour.

Preparation is also crucial in one-day cricket.

The amount of variables in the game warrants a variety of options, each one requiring attention at training.

The wicket, conditions, size of the ground, wind direction; all those little things you don’t take notice of as a player, as a coach you have to make sure the players are very knowledgeable about that before they go out and play.

You want the guys hitting with the breeze not against it. Swing bowlers operating from the right ends. Our best fielders in the right positions to certain batsmen. There’s a lot to think about in a short space of time.

We’re not far off being a really good one-day team.

In the past we haven’t made the big scores from both a team point of view and individually.

Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch showed what they can do against Scotland, now we need to see that consistency for an extended periods of time and not from one or two guys but the whole batting group.

When we start posting those big totals our bowlers will have the freedom to really attack and be even more potent.

The ODI series against England should be a cracker and I can’t wait to get stuck into the Poms again and avenge our Champions Trophy campaign.

Let’s hope Finchy and SOS can go off again! 

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