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Lehmann to quit as head coach of the Australian cricket team

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Darren Lehmann, coach of the scandal-tainted Australia cricket team, said Thursday he would quit after the fourth and final Test of a series in South Africa.

“This will be my last Test as head coach of the Australian cricket team,” Lehmann told a press conference on the eve of the match.

“Saying goodbye to the players was the toughest thing I have ever had to do.”

An emotional Darren Lehmann announced his resignation as Australia’s head coach, Johannesburg. © AFP

Lehmann, who was not was due to leave the job until after the 2019 Ashes series in England, is quitting despite being cleared of any role in the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the sport.

His decision follows 12-month bans given to captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner for the roles they played in a plot to cheat in Cape Town during the third Test last Saturday.

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his part in the ball-tampering plan.

Earlier Darren Lehmann has called for forgiveness for the “grave mistake” made by the trio of test players banned for their role in the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the sport.

“As a coach you feel for them as people,” added Lehmann. “They are hurting and I feel for them and their families.

“I worry about the three guys immensely. We love all of our players and they are going through a really tough time.

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