Former Australia head coach Darren Lehmann will take up a new coaching role under National Performance Program head coach Troy Cooley.
The 48-year-old was appointed as Australia head coach until 2019, but resigned following the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal in March, despite being cleared for any involvement in the matter.
Other than Cooley, Lehmann will join the team of Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers, who will oversee the development of the National Performance Squad (NPS) during the Australia cricket off-season.
Lehmann is set to begin his new role on 28 May, with the NPS program ending at the beginning of September.
‘I had a good chat with ‘Boof’ [Lehmann] and he was really keen to continue his coaching,’ Cooley told Cricket.com.au.
‘And what a great opportunity – having his expert skills in the areas that we need.
‘He’ll work with our targeted group of NPS players, but we’ll also have our specialist blocks come in so his first four weeks will coincide with our spin program, which involves eight spinners from around the country plus the 10 NPS players.
‘They’ll all be able to talk to Darren about playing on sub-continental wickets, get his T20 thoughts, one-day and long-format thoughts about how to play and how to adjust your training.
‘To have someone who’s got that experience matching up with our coaching staff, it’s invaluable.
‘It’s also great experience for our coaches in Ryno [Ryan Harris] and Buck [Chris Rogers], who are still learning their craft.
‘And Darren has already told me he is relishing the opportunity, so it’s win-win all round.’