England happy to be 'dour'
England stand accused of taking a "dour" brand of cricket to Australia - but they are unrepentant about their tactics ahead of the winter.
England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Hugh Morris, and national selector Geoff Miller, found themselves answering questions not just about the squad they unveiled at Lord's on Monday luncthime but a critique of the cricket they plan to play - from Australia coach Darren Lehmann.
Former Test batsman Lehmann described England as dour in an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, and also revisited his old claims that Australia may have found "cracks" in the opposition batting line-up - despite their 3-0 series defeat this summer.
As Morris prepares to dispatch Alastair Cook's squad on their mission to win the urn for a fourth successive time, he said: "I'm really happy with our style.
"Over the last five years, I think our results have spoken for themselves.
"Over the last 12 months, since Alastair Cook took over as captain, we've played four series, won three and drawn one.
"That includes a win in India, for the first time in 28 years, and a 3-0 win against Australia here.
"Our style, and approach, is looking to win important matches - which we've done consistently."
Miller also defended England's methods, as well as their selection policy - after it was pointed out the three uncapped players in the squad were all born outside this country.
"Styles change, with conditions home and away," said Miller.
"We're happy with our style of cricket."
As for the heritage of fast bowler Boyd Rankin, all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Gary Ballance - respectively born in Northern Ireland, New Zealand and Zimbabwe - he added: "They have come through an English route.
"They've come into English cricket, and developed further towards what we require of them internationally.
"They've done all that has been asked of them, and shown the passion to want to play for England.
"They fave justified being selected for England. The process has been accentuated by what they've done in England."
Middlesex batsman Sam Robson, included in the Performance Programme squad which will shadow the main tour party down under during the first three Tests, will be heading back to the country of his birth.
The 24-year-old is originally from Sydney, but Morris said: "Sam is an England-qualified player.
"He's been selected for the squad, and is really looking forward to joining up with them.
"He is absolutely committed to going away with the Performance Programme."