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Lehmann promises aggression

Australia coach Darren Lehmann says his side will continue the aggressive bowling approach that served them so well in the recent Ashes win.

The Aussie pace attack, led by Mitchell Johnson, regularly utilised short-pitched quick bowling, particularly against the lower order, to effectively unsettle England's batsmen as they cruised to a 5-0 whitewash of Alistair Cook's side.

And Lehmann says they will continue with the tactic, which he likens to that employed by the West Indies in the 1970s and 1980s.

"That (bouncing the tailenders) was one of the things that once made the West Indies so threatening, and they bowled very fast," said Lehmann.

"There is not a lot of really fast bowlers out there in the world at the moment and we are lucky enough to have probably six. We have got to make sure that is our strength.

"That is coming. Every tailender is going to get it. That's what we want to do and we want to do it to every team.

"That is my view and I know the captain (Michael Clarke) is very strong on it as well. The bowlers and the bowling coaches have bought into it."

Lehmann utilised a predominantly three-man pace attack during the Ashes series with Johnson being complimented by Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle.

They also have strength in depth with James Pattinson coming in for Siddle for the deciding Test of the subsequent 2-1 series win over South Africa and the likes of James Faulkner and Jackson Bird waiting in the wings.

Australia's recent success has lifted them to second in the Test rankings behind South Africa and Lehmann feels his side need to start winning more away matches if they are to overhaul Proteas.

"Consistently over the last five years or so, South Africa has been the best side in the world and that's why they are number one," he said.

"Australia will always be pretty good at home where we know the conditions so well.

"We have got to start winning more away test matches. It is away from home where you start climbing up the ladder."