Cricket Australia extend Darren Lehmann's contract

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Australian coach Darren Lehmann has been rewarded for his team's performances with a new one-year contract extension after his efforts have seen Australia improve significantly since he took over the head coaching role.

Lehmann's new contract will see him stay in charge of the national side until the end of
June 2017.

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To say Lehmann deserves his contract extension is stating the obvious. His tireless work, alongside his back-room staff, has ensured the side have turned around their fortunes in just over a year.

Lehmann took over the head coach role in 2013 as England won The Ashes on home soil.

Despite a series defeat Australia showed a marked improvement throughout the series and the series was a lot closer than the scoreline suggested.

The South Australian's hard work paid off in the return series as Australia whitewashed England 5-0 and thoroughly outplayed them in all departments. Since then Australia have also held the number one ranking in ODIs twice, having recently regained that position from India after their 3-0 series victory over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Australia are also ranked second in Test match cricket, one place behind South Africa, and fifth in the T20 standings.


Lehmann will now focus on his side's Test series against Pakistan and then their build up to the ODI World Cup in February and March.

Will Darren Lehmann guide Australia to World Cup glory on home soil next year?

I have no doubt that Lehmann and his young, star-studded ODI side can capture yet another World title but then the focus will shift to the tour of England and the defence of The Ashes which will be another stern examination of Lehmann's coaching skills.

I am sure under Lehmann Australia are heading for a sustained period of success in all forms of cricket which is a worrying sign for their rivals.

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