Cricket Australia has instilled faith in current Australia coach Darren Lehmann by extending his contract by two more years. Darren Lehmann will now be Australia’s coach till October 2019. Lehmann’s contract was to be expired in June 2017 but now it seems as CA have enough confidence in Lehmann as the coach.
It was speculated that Justin Langer, who also coaches Western Australia, would take over the job from Lehmann after his tenure gets over. Langer was the interim coach in Lehmann’s absence during the Caribbean tri-series in June.
Lehmann, who spoke to reporters on Monday (August 1), said that he loves the job of coaching the Australian side but he would be happy to step aside in 2019.
“As I’ve always said, it’s the best job in the world,” he said. “I love the job. But it’s a job you can’t do forever, either.”
Lehmann played a very important role in Australia’s resurgence as a dominant cricket side in world cricket. Australian cricket was going through after the sacking of Mickey Arthur in 2013.
In the last 3 years, Lehmann, along with Michael Clarke and Steven Smith took Australia to the number one position in Test as well as ODIs. In the process, Australia took the World Cup title back.
Australia did not have a great start to their on-going Sri Lanka tour as they faced an unexpected upset in hands of the Islanders. Australia would like to square the series 1-1 when the second Test end in Colombo.