With the recently finished ODI series against India, Australia’s limited overs’ coach Darren Lehmann has confessed that the heavy workload may force him to leave the coaching role of Australia. Besides the tight schedule, Lehamnn is also facing some health problems which has stopped him from attending multiple matches of Australia.
On Tuesday (October 24), Lehmann confessed about these problems getting to him. Although he’ll lead the Aussies in the upcoming Ashes series against England, but sees a time when there is one coach for the three formats. He said, “I think it will get to a stage where I’ll probably have to look at changing that set-up. I know speaking to Andy (Ex-English coach) for example, he didn’t like it so much, but I think the way that the game is going, you’ve got no choice now.”
With Fowler at the helm, England experimented with different coaches in ODIs & T-20s, but that decision has since been reversed under Trevor Bayliss as he’s in charge of both formats.
Since 2013, Lehmann has coached Australia, said that he’d be opem to splitting duties between Tests and limited overs. But he isn’t entirely in favor of different coaches in every format.
Lehmann said, “You can’t split them three ways Tests, ODIs and T-20s. Some of the time there’s no point another coach coming in, it’s just logistical nightmares, so I think you’d probably go white ball, red ball”. The names of legends like Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting & Jason Gillespie are seen as potential candidates to replace Lehmann.
Lehmann added, “Cricket is really getting specialized. You can see a time when down the track. I don’t know how many years but there’ll be really significant changes and the XIs will be separate for each format or in red-ball and white-ball cricket. And that’s happening now anyway, just because it’s the only way you can keep the players on the park”.
Lehamann concluded by saying, “You’ve got big tournaments which are really important to win and your best side has to be available. And there’s always different stories, (such as) how (can) the young guys get an opportunity at the next level if you don’t give them the opportunity when you get a chance? So there’s pros and cons everywhere, it’s just how you balance it out.”