• Lehmann keen to ‘coach again one day’

    Australian Darren Lehmann has expressed his ambition to return to coaching.

    Lehmann resigned as Australia’s head coach earlier this year, after the ball-tampering saga during the Test series against South Africa.

    He wasn’t formally implicated, but batsman Cameron Bancroft, Steven Smith and David Warner were – and are currently serving Cricket Australia-imposed bans from international cricket.

    ‘I’d like to coach again one day. I think I’m a good coach, my coaching record is pretty good,’ he told Australian Associated Press.

    ‘At some stage, I’ll get there. A shorter commitment is probably the way to go – that’s probably what I’m looking for. But I’m just going to stay away from it this summer, watch the cricket and enjoy it. See what comes up next year.

    ‘Coaching Australia was 300-odd days away from home a year, it takes its toll.’

    Smith, Warner and Bancroft’s suspensions don’t prevent them from competing in domestic tournaments around the world. Smith and Warner played in the recent Caribbean Premier League, while Bancroft will likely feature for the Perth Scorchers in the upcoming Big Bash League.

    ‘I speak to them all the time. They’ll come back really well. They’re good young men and they’ll come back. They’ve been training, hitting and they’re fit. Spending some time away from the game as well. I’d love them to be available for domestic cricket, but that’s not my decision,’ added Lehmann.

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