Shane Warne interested in coaching Australia post Darren Lehmann’s tenure

Warne led Rajasthan Royals to the IPL title in its debut year.

Warne is willing to coach Australia. (Getty)

Darren Lehmann’s tenure as head coach of the Australian cricket team will come to an end in 2019 Lehmann told Fox Sports television in an interview Monday: “That will be it. It will be a case of too much time, too much travel. For me, I’ve had a great time and really enjoyed the role, and (I’m) loving it still.”

The former Test batsman last year extended his contract until October 2019 and says he won’t seek a new deal. His final year in charge will include Australia’s title defence at the one-day international World Cup and then an Ashes series.

Lehmann, 47, became Australia coach in 2013 after the firing of Mickey Arthur. Lehmann’s record as coach includes victory in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, winning two Ashes series at home and losing two in Britain.

Coaching responsibilities is not new to Shane Warne as he has coach Rajasthan Royals while he was playing for the side before their expulsion from IPL. It was more of a mentorship role though. He tok the team to their one and only IPL glory in 2008. To add to that, he acted as a mentor to Australian cricket team ahead of their World T20 campaign in Bangladesh in 2014.

“I’ve always been open to (coaching) any country, but obviously I would love to coach Australia – not coach Australia but be part of the Australian set-up if they needed it,” Warne was quoted as saying by Wide World of Sports.

Warne, who is the second most successful bowler in Test history with 708 wickets from 145 matches.

By Anshuman Roy - 26 Dec, 2017

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