Sydney - Former national coach Darren Lehmann, who quit in
the wake of a ball-tampering scandal, will take on a new role working with
young talent under Australia's National Performance Program (NPS), officials
said on Thursday.
Lehmann, 48, was contracted as national coach until after
the 2019 Ashes series in England, but opted to go early in the wake of the
tainted tour of South Africa earlier this year.
This was despite being cleared of any role in the
ball-tampering affair that saw Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft
suspended from the game for up to 12 months.
NPS head coach Troy Cooley said Lehmann would work with
himself, former Test bowler Ryan Harris and opener Chris Rogers to oversee the
development of players over the upcoming winter months.
While his role will focus largely on the NPS, it will also
encompass other pathways programmes within the Cricket Australia set-up, he
"I had a good chat with 'Boof' (Lehmann) and he was
really keen to continue his coaching," Cooley told cricket.com.au.
"And what a great opportunity - having his expert
skills in the areas that we need.
"Darren has already told me he is relishing the
opportunity, so it's win-win all round."
A tearful Lehmann quit after the fourth and final Test in
South Africa in April, saying the team needed a fresh start after the plot to
cheat during the third Test by using sandpaper to alter the ball's condition.
He said at the time that the scandal had affected him and
Lehmann was hailed as a saviour when he took over in 2013,
but critics now accuse him of overseeing a toxic culture that has dented the
reputation of the famed Baggy Green cap.
Justin Langer was named as his replacement this month,
vowing to fix the team's behaviour and win back respect.