Darren Lehmann, a prolific batsman in his time, has been offered a contract extension after a successful start as coach. Lehmann has been handed a contract extension until 30 June 2017. Lehmann was originally contracted until June 2016.

“We have been extremely pleased with the results Darren has achieved with the team since he came on board,” Cricket Australia’s performance manager Pat Howard said in a statement on Friday.

“He has helped create an excellent team environment that has seen players thrive. We want that to continue so we used the winter period to work through an extension to his current contract. Importantly it provides continuity for the team and certainty for Darren heading into a critical period for Australian cricket.”

The 44-year-old former Australian Cricketer says he’s proud of his achievements as coach so far, which have included a 5-0 Ashes triumph last summer and a 2-1 win in South Africa in March.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I have had in the job and am proud of what we have achieved so far”  

“I want to continue with the work we have done on and off the field with the team, as I feel we are heading in the right direction, I will be judged by results. If the team is not performing, then I am answerable.” Lehmann said.

Australia’s two-Test series against Pakistan begins in Dubai on 22 October. Australia and New Zealand will host the World Cup in February and March 2015, following Australia’s four-Test series at home against India. Lehmann’s side will also play Test series in West Indies and England next year.

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