Darren Lehmman to step down as Australia coach post Ashes 2019

Sport360 staff 20:11 25/12/2017
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Lehman will not look to extend his current contract.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has said that he will step down from his role post the 2019 Ashes series when his contract comes to an end.

The former Australian middle-order batsman confirmed that he would not seek an extension to his contract to Fox Sports.

“That will be it. It will be a case of too much time, too much travel,” Lehmann replied when asked if he would extend his stay.

“For me, I’ve really enjoyed the role and (am) loving it. We’ll just get to that point and work out what we do from there,” he added.

The 47-year-old had taken over the reins of a struggling Australian team in 2013 and has led the team to a famous 5-0 whitewash of England in the Ashes Down Under in the same year. His crowning glory with the team came in 2015 when Steve Smith and his men captured the ICC World Cup 2015 at home.

Lehmann led Australia to a World Cup triumph at home in 2015.

Lehmann led Australia to a World Cup triumph at home in 2015.

In his final year, the southpaw will look to defend Australia’s World Cup crown in England followed by an away Ashes tour in the same country before calling it quits.

Cricket Australia will have a host of contenders to replace Lehmann in the job come 2019 with some enticing options in Justin Langer, Jason Gillespie, Ricky Ponting and Davis Saker.

Lehmann’s men will meanwhile resume their Ashes rivalry with England in fourth Test starting on Boxing Day at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Australia and Lehmann will be aiming for another 5-0 whitewash this time around after having taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

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