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Dad?s Army? Martyn ticks off Lillee

Martyn slammed Lillee?s comments that an ageing side could be the Achilles heel in Australia?s bid to regain the Ashes.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2006 21:42 IST

Damien Martyn on Tuesday told fast bowling legend Dennis Lillee to shut up with his ‘Dad’s Army’ criticisms of the home side ahead of the Ashes series with England.

Martyn, returning from Australia’s Champions’ Trophy victory in India, said Lillee was in danger of losing the respect of current players if he continued to criticise the team.

Martyn, one of several 35-year-olds in the Australian team, slammed Lillee’s recent comments that an ageing Australian top order could be the Achilles heel in Australia’s bid to regain the Ashes.

“I think Dennis Lillee should keep quiet as president of the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) — it is disappointing,” Martyn told reporters. “The team is disappointed in Dennis’ several comments over the last six months, which don’t need to be said.

No (it doesn’t fire you up) ... You just lose your respect.”

In a column in a local newspaper last month, Lillee said he saw danger signs for Australia as it prepared to take on a much younger England team.

The team to begin the Ashes campaign in Brisbane is likely to include Martyn, 35, Justin Langer, 36, Matthew Hayden, who will have turned 35, Ricky Ponting, 31, Adam Gilchrist, 35, Glenn McGrath, 36, and Shane Warne, 37.

Skipper Ponting said the Champions Trophy win would serve as good preparation for regaining the Ashes from England. “Our last 12 months of Test cricket has been first-class,” Ponting told reporters at Sydney Airport on Tuesday.

“We’ve raised our standards again from where they were, so I couldn’t be happier with the way we’re heading and to have this (Champions) Trophy and the month’s preparation in India and good hard training will be good. That’s been the really pleasing thing for me and I know every Australian cricketer is looking forward to getting the series underway — not long now.”

First Published: Nov 07, 2006 21:42 IST