Nottingham: Australia coach Darren Lehmann got more than he bargained for when he posted a tweet asking for help in getting tickets to watch an English Premier League football match.
England’s innings and 78-run win over Australia in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, which gave them an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series, was completed before lunch on Saturday’s third day of a scheduled five. (Lehmann Admits to Ashes Errors)
Lehmann decided he wanted to use the ‘free’ Sunday to take in a match between Stoke City and Liverpool on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.
“Would like to go to Stoke v Liverpool with a couple of people anyone help? @stokecity or @LFC can you please retweet,” he wrote on Twitter. (Collingwood Urges Cook to Carry on as Captain)
But, almost inevitably, Lehmann’s request in helping source tickets for the match at the Britannia Stadium was met by suggestions his time would be better spent reviewing Australia’s latest loss, rather than watching football.
Twitter user Anthony Dutton responded by posting: “Aren’t you playing tomorrow (Sunday)…oooops sorry.”
Meanwhile Dave Kinsella said: “You should be reviewing how you lost the #Ashes2015 to one of the worst English side in history.”
And with England all-rounder Ben Stokes having taken six wickets in Australia’s second innings in Nottingham, it was no surprise when Matt Laing tweeted: “Maybe better off analyzing Ben Stokes not Stoke City.”
One Twitter user even went as far to suggest that a Stoke side renowned for grafting endeavour in defence had lessons to teach an Australia side heavily criticised for batting too loosely in English conditions.
“Probably not the best timing to be sending out a tweet like that, maybe take the team with u to learn their defensive game,” tweeted Brent McGrath.
An unamused Lehmann responded to the jibes by tweeting: “Thanks so much for the abuse, was asking a question that people might help. Don’t bother now! Thanks again people for being so abusive.”
But Stoke themselves suggested Sunday they might be able to assist Lehmann, with a post on their Twitter feed saying: “Hi Darren, can you follow us please. We may have some good news for you.”