Australia coach frustrated after 'no results' against New Zealand and Bangladesh
Darren Lehmann has called for the ICC to change their rules on rain delays after two successive Champions Trophy washouts.
The Australia coach saw his side saved by wet weather after struggling in their opening match against New Zealand, but they were then denied an almost certain victory over Bangladesh when rain once again prevented a result.
Under current rules, play can continue in light drizzle if the umpires deem it safe – but once the players go off the field they cannot come back on until the rain has completely stopped.
“The ground staff are working tirelessly to get back on, I think we’ve just got to be more liberal to play some cricket. The fans want to see a result,” Lehmann said.
“Especially this time of year in England, you can get wet weather. So it’s a case of if it’s not raining or it’s drizzling, we should just play.
“As soon as rain stops in this day and age, you have to be able to get back on,” he added.
Due to the two no results, Australia know a defeat on Saturday against tournament hosts England – who have already booked their place in the semi-finals – will end their Champions Trophy dreams (barring a no-result between New Zealand and Bangladesh on Friday).
And Lehmann has revealed that he is seriously considering bringing big-hitting Chris Lynn into the side for the crunch game at Edgbaston.