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Phil Lutton

Sports reporter

Key role: Darren Lehmann, in Adelaide kit, will fly to England in coming days to prepare Australia for the ICC Champions ...

Lehmann shapes as key figure in pay dispute

The national coach says he will welcome open discussion on the pay stand-off before getting down to the business of cricket as he flies out to mastermind Australia's tilt at the ICC Champions Trophy tournament in England.

Aussie coach Darren Lehmann.

Ashes player boycott won't happen: Lehmann

Australian coach Darren Lehmann says cricket's warring parties will settle their pay dispute amicably and remains convinced a player boycott won't throw this year's Ashes series into unprecedented turmoil.