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Darren Lehmann to resign as Australia head coach

Darren Lehmann will step down at the end of the Johannesburg Test
Darren Lehmann will step down at the end of the Johannesburg Test

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed that he will resign from his role at the end of the fourth and final Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

His decision came despite Cricket Australia clearing him of any wrong-doing in the recent ball-tampering saga during the Cape Town Test that saw Steven Smith and David Warner banned for 12 months while Cameron Bancroft slammed with a nine-month ban.

Lehmann initially said he will not resign after the investigations of the Australian Board but said he had made up his mind following the emotional press conferences from Smith and Bancroft earlier in the day.

"After viewing Steve and Cameron's hurting, it's only fair that I make this decision," said Lehmann. "I'm ultimately responsible for the culture of the team."

"This will allow cricket Australia to complete a full review into the team and allow them to implement changes to regain the trust of the Australian public, this is the right thing for Australian cricket.

"It's been a wonderful experience coaching the Australian cricket team. I hope the team rebuilds from this and the Australian public finds it in their hearts to forgive these young men."

Under Lehmann's tenure which started in 2013 Ashes, Australia have won 30 out of the 57 Tests and also lifted the World Cup in 2015.

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