Craig McDermott.
Craig McDermott. Getty Images

Ashes coaches Boof and Billy instil aggressive approach

DURING his 71 Test career, Ipswich born and bred Craig "Billy'' McDermott snared 84 wickets against the old enemy England.

That came in just 17 Tests, featuring two eight-wicket hauls.

McDermott finished with 291 Test wickets at an impressive average of 28.63.

Australia's former premier fast bowler and current head coach Darren Lehmann have instilled that aggressive approach in the current Test side.

"It's no-nonsense cricket,'' said McDermott who rose through Ipswich ranks to play his first Test at the MCG in December 1984.

"We like our guys to be aggressive and that's the way in which the team wants to play its cricket.

"That suits both Boof (Darren Lehmann) and myself as far as coaching goes.

"We just want to keep playing a good brand of hard Aussie cricket.''

McDermott has a 20-year association with Lehmann.

"He is a good taskmaster, although he likes to be light-hearted with things as well,'' McDermott said.

"He knows when to be tough and when to have a good time. Last night was a time to celebrate and enjoy the fruits of four-and-a-half hard weeks of cricket.''


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