It may take two coaches to fill the void left by Darren Lehmann, with Cricket Australia (CA) set to strongly consider the merits of a revolutionary revamp. A tearful Lehmann announced last night that watching Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft front the media prompted him to quit as Australian Test coach.
Lehmann will lead Australia into tonight’s fourth and final Test against South Africa at The Wanderers before stepping aside, declaring that it was his call. This will be my last Test as head coach of the Australian cricket team as I’m stepping down.
The team’s next assignment is an ODI series in England that starts on June 13. CA will conduct a wideranging review of team conduct and culture before starting the search for Lehmann’s successor, with former Test opener Justin Langer the clear favourite. Lehmann has previously proposed a coaching model in which somebody takes charge of Australia’s Test squad, while another mentor is responsible for the ODI and Twenty20 teams.
I really felt for Steve as I saw him crying in front of the media, and all the players are really hurting. As I stated before, I had no prior knowledge of the incident and don’t condone what happened at all. But good people can make mistakes.