London: The Australia coach, Darren Lehmann, has given short shrift to Stuart Broad's suggestion that Steven Smith is a weak link in the Ashes.
England's Broad believes Smith could struggle at No 3 this summer, despite making 111 in the tour-opener at Kent in a 255-run win for Australia. Smith also travelled to England fresh from 199 and an unbeaten 54 in Jamaica earlier this month.
"I thought this sledging stuff was supposed to stop," Lehmann said with a smile. "I'm not too worried about that. He's a pretty good player. I think he got 199 at No 3 the other week. I think he'll be fine.
You've got to be a good player to make runs and I think Steven Smith's a good player." Asked what England can achieve by their break, coming little more than a week out from the start of the Ashes in Cardiff on 8 July, Lehmann said: "I only worry about us. We're not worried too much about what England are doing."