JOHANNESBURG: In a shocking turn of events, Darren Lehmann has stepped down as coach of the Australian cricket team.
Stand-in Australian captain Tim Paine had expected to address media at the Wanderers on Thursday ahead of the fourth Test against the Proteas, but instead Lehmann arrived and delivered the news.
“Telling the players was the toughest thing I have ever had to do,” he said
This follows the ball tampering incident that occurred in the third Test match against the Proteas at Newlands in Cape Town.
Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were given one-year bans by Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and were also barred from any leadership role for a further two years. Cameron Bancroft, the player who actually tampered with the ball, was given a nine-month suspension.