Ball-tampering scandal: Australian Coach Darren Lehmann quits

KalingaTV News Network

Johannesburg: Darren Lehmann today announced his resignation as head coach of Cricket Australia, saying he took ultimate responsibility for the culture of a team embroiled in a ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the sport.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference here ahead of the fourth Test against South Africa beginning Friday, Lehmann said the fourth Test will be his last Test.

Lehman was cleared of any wrongdoing by Cricket Australia investigation in the ball-tampering scandal yesterday. Lehmann said he fears for the health of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

The coach also admitted that the players made a grave mistake and hoped people will give them a second chance.

Lehmann comments came after Cricket Australia slapped one-year bans on Smith and Warner besides announcing a 9-month ban on the 25-year-old opener Bancroft for their involvement in tampering with the cricket ball during the Newlands Test against South Africa.

In the fourth Test, Australia will be led by their new captain Tim Paine. The wicket-keeper will be leading a side which will also see middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell along with openers Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw, who have replaced Smith, Warner and Bancroft.

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