Darren Lehmann says the appointment of countryman Trevor Bayliss as England coach is another reminder of just how tough it will be for Australia to retain the Ashes urn this winter.
Bayliss was officially unveiled as England coach on Tuesday night AEST, replacing Peter Moores who was sacked after England's disappointing World Cup campaign and 1-1 series result against West Indies.
The 52-year-old is no stranger to Lehmann or Australia's players; nine of Australia's squad for the Ashes have played under Bayliss at NSW Blues, while allrounder Shane Watson was also part of the Bayliss-led Australian T20 side that beat South Africa late last year.
Bayliss stepped in as coach for that series while Lehmann was still with Australia's Test squad in the UAE following their 2-0 series loss to Pakistan.
Speaking in Antigua ahead of the first day of Australia's warm-up match against a West Indies President's XI on Wednesday, Lehmann congratulated Bayliss on his appointment.
"Trevor has been a great servant of the game in Australia and has had great success with NSW in both long and short format, as well as with the Sydney Sixers and Kolkata Knight Riders in T20s," Lehmann said.
"He did a great job for us when he took the reins in the International T20s against South Africa last year, winning the series 2-1.
"A trademark of Trevor’s teams is that they are well prepared and this just serves as another reminder to us that this Ashes will be a tough contest.
"I congratulate him on his appointment and wish him all the best."
Bayliss will take over the England job ahead of the first Ashes Test against Lehmann's Australian side in Cardiff on July 8.
It is Bayliss's second full-time international appointment; he led Sri Lanka to No.2 in the world Test rankings as well as the final of the 2009 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup.
He has also guided the Blues to two Bupa Sheffield Shield titles and led the Sydney Sixers to the inaugural KFC T20 Big Bash League title as well as the 2012 Champions League crown.
And he's enjoyed tremendous success with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, twice leading them to the title.
Bayliss is the first Australian to coach England's senior men's team.