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by Alastair Symondson Friday 17 October 2014
Cricket Australia (CA) have awarded head coach Darren Lehmann a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him on board until at least 2017.
Lehmann was appointed in 2013, taking over from Mickey Arthur, leading the side to the top of the Test and One-Day International rankings.
After a 3-0 Ashes defeat in England in 2013, he led the side to a 5-0 Ashes success at home earlier this year, which was followed up by a 2-1 series win in South Africa.
In ODIs, a 3-1 win over England was followed by a 3-2 defeat in India and a 4-1 home success against England.
And although they suffered a shock defeat to Zimbabwe, they managed to reach the final of an ODI tri-series in Harare, where they were beaten by South Africa.
Nevertheless, they returned to the top of the rankings with a 3-0 series win over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
His contract was due to expire on 30th June 2016 but it will now run until 30th June 2017.
"We have been extremely pleased with the results Darren has achieved with the team since he came on board," CA's Pat Howard said.
"He has helped create an excellent team environment that has seen players thrive. We want that to continue so we used the winter period to work through an extension to his current contract."
Lehmann, who played 27 Tests and 117 ODIs for Australia before retiring and moving into coaching, added:
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I have had in the job and am proud of what we have achieved so far.
"I want to continue with the work we have done on and off the field with the team, as I feel we are heading in the right direction."
Australia co-host the 2015 World Cup with New Zealand in February and March of next year, before whichh they play Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and host India for a four-Test series.
Their preparations for the World Cup include an ODI tri-series where they will play England and India.
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