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by Sandeep Shivam Thursday 2 April 2015
Australian coach Darren Lehmann came to the support of wicket-keeper Brad Haddin after the latter was criticized for his verbal aggression during the World Cup final against New Zealand.
Haddin led the verbal volleys on the field for the Australians as the World Champions came in for criticism for the sendoffs given to New Zealand batsmen.
The wicket-keeper’s subsequent statements wherein he stated that New Zealand deserved the aggression have created quite a stir again but Lehmann was right behind his men.
Defending his team’s aggressive antics on the field, Lehmann termed the events as a part and parcel of the game."It was a little bit disappointing, but people are entitled to their opinions and you're going to have good and bad times,” said Lehmann."You accept that and you move on.”Despite the criticism surrounding the Australians, nothing was reported by the match officials and New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum too maintained a low profile on the issue."He's copped a bit (of criticism), hasn't he?" said Lehmann."We like to play our game, no one got reported out of the game, so we must have played it fair.”
Australia’s dominating performance at the Melbourne Cricket Ground saw them winning the World Cup for the fifth time but Lehmann was disappointed at the negative publicity his team was getting.Lehmann, who now has won a World Cup both as a player and coach, insisted that his team had no regrets with their playing style."We're happy with the way we played, obviously.“We knew we wanted to be really aggressive against them.“And look, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't."
Apart from the World Cup title, Australia also reclaimed the Chappell-Hadlee trophy after their seven-wicket win over New Zealand on Sunday at the MCG.© Cricket World 2015