SYDNEY: Australia coach Darren Lehmann has been rewarded for his integral role in turning around the fortunes of the team with a one-year contract extension until June, 2017, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
The former test batsman took over from South African Mickey Arthur in the wake of last year’s calamitous tour of India and helped guide the side to a 5-0 Ashes sweep and a series triumph in South Africa that saw them briefly top the world rankings.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I have had in the job and am proud of what we have achieved so far,” Lehmann said in a statement.
“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.
“I’m grateful that the board has shown faith in me to continue in the job.”
Lehmann, widely known by his nickname “Boof”, has been credited with bringing a more relaxed atmosphere to the Australian dressing room and encouraging the players to enjoy their cricket first and foremost.