Darren Lehmann names his one regret over his time as Australia coach

Darren Lehmann has been reflecting on his time as Australia’s head coach.

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Former Australia head coach Darren Lehmann believes he stayed in the role for too long and should have stepped down a year earlier than he did.

Lehmann was appointed Australia’s head coach in June 2013 and held the role for almost five years, resigning in March 2018 after the ball-tampering scandal.

Reflecting on his time in charge in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Lehmann believes he stayed on for a year longer than he should have.

“I look back now and I think I coached too long,” Lehmann said. “I probably should have bowed out 12 months before that. I reckon four years is a good cycle when you’re away from home 300 days a year.

Darren Lehmann has been reflecting on his time as Australia’s head coach


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Lehmann also believes that the role of head coach should be split in the future, with one coach focusing on Test cricket and the other on limited overs cricket.

“If you split the role there is more longevity because you don’t have to do everything,” he added. “And it has to be done properly so the T20 team can specialise. That’s just sensible.

“It’s a lot of travel. It hasn’t been as much at the moment because of COVID but when it does open up and you have to catch games up we could end up with the Test and T20 teams in different countries.

“That’s what happened when I was coach. We had the Test team preparing for a series in South Africa and I was in New Zealand with the T20 team. It’s only going to happen more in the future.”

Lehmann also found the role to be demanding away from the pitch, adding: “You had board meetings, dealing with administration, dealing with states.

“It’s a f****** big job. You can say that. I loved it. It was great. But it’s a f****** big job and you need help!”

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