Lehmann backed Warner but said the opener’s main value would come with the bat and through his leadership. “If he decides to get stuck into their players, which I’m sure he will at various stages, that will come back both ways,” he told cricket.com.au on Friday (October 20). “Whichever way (Warner) decides to go, he’ll go – he’s his own man. Bull, Reverend, Bull, Reverend, I don’t know which one turns up, but the main thing for him is that he leads well.
“He helps Steven (Smith) out as vice-captain, which he will do, and makes runs,” he added.
Australia will start strong favourites having memorably won the previous home Ashes contest 5-0 in 2013-14. Lehmann believed the home advantage would spur Australia. “The crowd gets behind you and it’s amazing what the crowd can do,” he said.
“The 25 million people (in Australia) and all the people coming to the games, they’re just as big a player as the 11 playing on the ground.”