It is Darren Lehmann who is appointed as the coach of Australia after sacking of Mickey Arthur sixteen days prior to the start of Ashes.
The former batsman of Yorkshire, aged 43, at present Australia A’s coach, takes the charge immediately.
Arthur was told by Cricket Australia that Arthur, the in-charge for 2 years, got dismissed because of the struggles off and on the field.CEO of Cricket Australia, James Sutherland said that it had been one tough decision but one that is necessary.
Aged 45, Arthur from South Africa, was faced with criticism after disciplinary issues in camp and poor performances. In nineteen test matches, he did coach Australia to 6 defeats and ten wins.
Lehmann has played 117 1-day internationals and 27 tests for Australia during the period 1996-2005.In 2007, he was appointed coach of Queensland during May 2011 when he retired from being a cricketer for South Australia during the year 2007. He recently coached the Kings 11 Punjab in Indian Premier League.
According to Lehmann, that was one challenge for all playing group and he felt excited about it and also that he looked forward to work with the team and captain Michael Clarke.
Cricket Australia said that he was an outstanding candidate about driving cultural change that was needed for making the team number one position in all the formats of game.
They also said that it was a necessary decision with a big series approaching fast.First Test starts on the 10th of July against England at Trent Bridge though Australia has to face two 4-dy matches for warm-up first, starting on Wednesday against Somerset.
According to Sutherland, timing isn’t ideal though they did not feel that they should just sit, hoping for matters to change without having to address the issues which are critical for high-performing culture of team that includes accountability for the performance, consistency in behavior and discipline that all needed improvement. He said that it was the head coach particularly responsible for all that.
Lehmann did play for Yorkshire from 1997-2006, was a part of side which won County Championship in the year 2001 and also captained county in the season that followed.Sheffield Shield was won by Queensland and also two domestic trophies for one-day in 2 years of coaching by Lehmann.
About Lehmann, Sutherland said that no-one was underestimating this task but they believe him to be the right man for the purpose of job.
The issues off the field during the tenure of Arthur included 4 players, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, the vice captain and also Usman Khawaja, dropped for 3rd Test of the tour to India due to failing in submitting presentations regarding team strategy.
In May, afterwards, David Warner, the opening batsman got fined £3,700 for posting comments that were abusive, to the journalists on the Twitter account he had.
Later he was suspended until 1st Ashes Test, along with being fined £7,000 for punching Joe Root of England in one bar after the defeat of Australia to England during Champions Trophy.
Over the field, meanwhile during the last week, Australia finished their group’s bottom in Champions Trophy.Also, Cricket Australia announced Clarke to have stood down when it came to his role on selection panel of the team.
Sutherland added that being team selector proved to be draining for Michael’s time. He also said that Michael saw that as a distraction from the primary responsibilities that he had as captain and as player.