Lehmann says pace aces can star in Ashes

Mitchell Starc is ready to return to the Test team.
Mitchell Starc is ready to return to the Test team. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE

Australian coach Darren Lehmann is confident his new pace battery can replicate the deeds of Mitchell Johnson four years ago and destroy a visiting England.

Johnson claimed 37 wickets during the last Ashes series on Australian soil, intimidating the tourists with pace and bounce.

Lehmann is backing Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, who are both capable of hitting the express 150 km/h mark, to make an impact on the English batsmen during the five-match Test series, which starts on November 23.

Both have already warned the Old Enemy of a bouncer barrage.

"It'll be interesting. They'll have to cope with that, they know it's coming. Our quicks have been saying that," Lehmann said on ABC Radio. "They didn't like it last time."

Lehmann said the Aussies would look to set the tone right from the outset of the first Test at the Gabba.

"We know the conditions. It bounces a lot ... it's a totally different ball game than it is in England," he said.

While Nathan Lyon will again be the main spinning option, especially with Ashton Agar and Steve O'Keefe sidelined with injury, the pacemen could be the Aussies' key to victory.

Starc (pictured) made a successful return from a serious foot injury during the domestic one-day competition, while Cummins is finally injury free.

Josh Hazlewood is expected to return from a side strain in the opening round of the Sheffield Shield.

"Really comfortable with where we're at as a bowling attack," Lehmann said.

"I'm sure those guys can deliver, they've been very good at getting 20 wickets over the past 12 or 15 Test matches."

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