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Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann to step aside in 2019

Australia regained the Ashes last week by beating England in the third Test in Perth and begins to play in the fourth match on Tuesday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 25, 2017 13:46 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Darren Lehmann looks on during the Australian nets session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann won't renew his contract when it expires at the end of 2019. Lehmann told Fox Sports television in an interview Monday: "That will be it.It will be a case of too much time, too much travel. For me, I've had a great time and really enjoyed the role, and (I'm) loving it still."

The former Test batsman last year extended his contract until October 2019 and says he won't seek a new deal. His final year in charge will include Australia's title defence at the one-day international World Cup and then an Ashes series.

Australia regained the Ashes last week by beating England in the third Test in Perth and begins to play in the fourth match on Tuesday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Lehmann, 47, became Australia coach in 2013 after the firing of Mickey Arthur. He is currently managing the national side in all formats of the game, has recently spoken about the demanding nature of his job and indicated earlier that 2019 would be his last year at the helm.

Lehmann's record as coach includes victory in the 2015 World Cup, winning two Ashes series at home and losing two in Britain.

(With Agency Inputs)

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