Five possible replacement of Darren Lehmann as Australia head coach

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Five Possible Contenders to replace Darren Lehmann 

Five Possible Contenders to replace Darren Lehmann
Darren Lehmann lauds Virat Kohli for his amazing run. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australia’s head coach, Darren Lehmann has decided to step down in the wake of the ball tampering scandal.

Meanwhile, he admitted that saying goodbye to the players was tough.

Meanwhile, in an emotional press conference, Lehmann announced that he will resign post this series.

However, Cricket Australia gave a clean chit to the recent scandal.

The 48-year-old Lehmann, who took over in 2013 has had an eventful stint with the national team. He has two Ashes title and a World Cup by his side.

Here is the possible replacement of Darren Lehmann as Australia’s head coach:

Justin Langer:

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The former Test batsman for some time been seen as a possible replacement for Lehmann. He has a lot of experience behind his back as the coach of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers.

Meanwhile, he filled in for Lehmann on a one-day tour of the Caribbean in 2016 and led the Twenty20 side at home against Sri Lanka last year when the series clashed with the Test tour of India.

Langer is seen as someone who is good at man management and knows how to bring out the best in cricketers.

Ricky Ponting:

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Former Australia skipper, Ricky Ponting has worked as the nation’s T20 coach and has done impressively well. Previously, he also coached the Mumbai Indians team to IPL title.

However, Ponting is reluctant to stay away from his young family recently.

Meanwhile, he may still figure in a possible job split between the red ball and white ball cricket. Currently, he will coach the Delhi Daredevils side in the upcoming IPL.

David Saker:

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Australia’s bowling mentor at times has handled the head coach’s role. Most recently, he filled in as head coach during an ODI tour of India last year.

While Saker coached Victoria to the 2016/17 Sheffield Shield title in his only season. However, he lacks the experience other candidates possess.

Previously, he has made it clear he would one day love to take the reins.

Jason Gillespie:

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The former fast bowler coached the Adelaide Strikers to their maiden Big Bash League T20 title earlier this year. Gillespie has also served as a consultant coach for CA in the past.

Gillespie coached Yorkshire to back-to-back Division One title in 2014 and 2015 in English county cricket in a spell where the county lost five of 76 championship fixtures. Currently, he is working as the Sussex head coach.

Gillespie went close before ultimately losing to Trevor Bayliss in the race to be England’s new coach in 2015.

Brad Haddin:

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The former Test wicketkeeper has been with the Australian team for just over six months. He has worked as the fielding coach for Australia.

Haddin may have limited coaching experience, but his skills are well regarded.

The New South Welshman has also served as an assistant with Australia A sides and has worked with the country’s most promising glovemen at the National Cricket Centre in recent years.

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