Darren Lehmann to step down as Australia coach after Ashes 2019


Darren Lehmann announced that he will step down as the head coach of the Australian national cricket team after his contract with Cricket Australia ends after the Ashes series in 2019.
The 47-year-old said that he will not renew his contract to be head coach, due the demanding nature of the job. He had signed on for the job back in 2013 following his predecessor Mickey Arthur’s shock sacking and had last year signed an extension deal.
“That will be it. It will be a case of too much time, too much travel. For me, I’ve really enjoyed the role and (am) loving it. We’ll just get to that point and work out what we do from there,” cricket.com.au quoted Lehmann, as saying.
Lehmann, who 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.
In October, Lehmann had said the packed international cricket calendar may leave him with no choice but to hand over the responsibility of the country’s limited-over sides and focus solely on Tests.
Australia are slated to face two major challenges in 2019, the ODI World Cup in the United Kingdom and then an Ashes series abroad.