Cricket Australia says result of investigation will determine outcome for Darren Lehmann

Cricket Australia has started its own investigation into the ball tampering scandal.

Steve Smith has been stripped of his captaincy and Lehman awaits his fate | AP

Cricket Australia has dismissed reports of Darren Lehmann offering to resign from his post of head coach of Australia team, amidst the ball tampering saga which has engulfed the cricket world.

Steve Smith admitted to tampering with the ball in a press conference at the end of the third day’s play during the third Test between Australia and South Africa at Cape Town. This came after Cameron Bancroft was caught on cameras altering the condition of the ball using a yellow object, generally revealed to be sandpaper.

Steve Smith was later banned for one match and fined 100% of his match fees, for his admittance that the leadership group of Australia team asked Bancroft to do the dirty deed, in desperation to turn the tide in the Test that was getting away from them. Bancroft too copped a fine of 75% of his match fees and three demerit points were given to him.

Reports suggested that 48-year-old Darren Lehmann has offered to step down from position of head coach. However, now Omnisport reported that Cricket Australia dismissed the reports and said it was awaiting the outcome of its investigation after CEO James Sutherland travelled to South Africa.

Lehmann is contracted until 2019, though the former Australia batsman has already outlined his plans not to continue beyond next year. He was appointed coach in 2013, replacing Mickey Arthur.


By Jatin Sharma - 27 Mar, 2018

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