Hi BtN! My name is Ethan Lehmann and you might
already know my dad Darren Lehmann. He’s the coach of the Australian cricket team. And
right now he’s over there behind me training the boys to hopefully bring home the Ashes! But what are they? Well let me show you. Here’s what Australia and England
spend heaps of time fighting over – a tiny urn full of ashes! Weird huh?! It’s kept in the Lord’s cricket museum in
London. And it all started as a joke 133 years ago. Australia beat England in England for the
first time, so a journalist published a notice in the paper saying that English cricket was
dead and should be cremated and the ashes sent to Australia. Later that year, England’s captain said they
would go to Australia, win and bring home those Ashes. And while he was there a lady
from Melbourne gave him this Ashes urn as a funny present, but it ended up becoming
the famous symbol of the whole competition! You might have seen copies of it held up after
a series win. The real urn is so old it stays at Lord’s. Winners get to take home a crystal
trophy instead. Now let me show you around the ground
here. Lord’s Cricket Ground is known as the ‘home
of cricket’. And this spaceship looking building is the media centre. This is where hundreds of journalists,
camera operators, TV producers and presenters send stories out all over the world.
Now, did you know all the cricket rules we follow back home in Australia are made right
here? It’s in this boardroom that some really
important people meet up to decide what goes into this little book – the Laws of Cricket! Inside the change rooms there are boards filled
with the names of all the great Aussie cricketers who’ve played here. On game day this room
is filled with gear! ETHAN: So Dad what do the players bring on
they’ve got to bring their whites to play, their training gear for warm-up etc, and then
they bring all their gear, spikes, bats, gloves, pads, helmets, anything you can name, protective
equipment and a whole heap of little things they like to take with them. So whose bag is this? Well this bag’s our captain’s, Michael
Clarke. So he likes to pack a lot of things with him. He actually packs about 20 pairs of gloves –
you can see his sweater’s there, his shoes; he’s the neatest guy we have on tour.
He has his backpack with his music in it, has about 8 or 10 bats set up,
his whites, then obviously his baggy green. This one is probably about 30 test matches old. He swapped it when he got the test match captaincy. He had his other one for 80 test matches and it was all frayed, bit like Steve Waugh used to change his. But now you actually have to sign a stat. dec. to actually get a new baggy green; to say you’ve lost it or need a new one. Before dad coached, he played in the
Australian team and here he is after hitting the winning runs in the 1999 Cricket World
Cup. I’m really proud of him. What has it been like to play
and coach cricket your whole life? It’s been a lot of fun. It’s been
a very enjoyable sport. The only thing I don’t like is that I get to miss you too much and
all of my other three kids. I’m always away from home. To play it’s been a very enjoyable
experience for me, and now, dare I say it, I love coaching more. Ethan: So what do you love most about the
Ashes series? DARREN: Good question. I think it would be
the history, and the tradition of the Ashes. In Australia or England, obviously it’s every
2 years or every 4 years abroad, for us it’s a big thing coming to Lord’s, it’s the home
of cricket. We get the chance to meet the Queen, I think it’s the Prince this time.
But the Ashes itself, it’s the biggest test series you can play in as a player, or be
involved in as a coach. The Ashes is made up of five games and each
goes for about five days, so I don’t get to see all of them. But since I was born I’ve
been lucky to travel the world watching dad play and coach cricket. ETHAN: Well I hope you’ve enjoyed this report.
Enjoy the rest of the series!

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Dennis Veasley

11 thoughts on “Ethan Lehmann goes behind the scenes at Lord’s Cricket Ground – Behind the News”

  1. Well, if Ethan hasn’t inherited his father’s cricket skills, he certainly can make a good journalist and presenter.

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