Darren Lehmann likely to be Australia's next coach

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Published: Friday, March 22, 2013, 10:20 [IST]
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Lehmann likely to be Australia coach
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Melbourne, Mar 22: Former Test batsman Darren Lehmann is the favourite to take over as Australia coach from Mickey Arthur, according to a report in the Australian media.

Lehmann, who is in charge of Queensland team, is the frontrunner for the job, said a report on the website news.com.au on Friday.

Pressure is growing on Arthur after Australia lost three successive Tests against India in the current four-match series. They will be desperate to avoid a whitewash as the fourth Test started on Friday in Delhi.

"He (Darren Lehwann) was a very good cricketer himself and he is trying to teach these blokes about the game as a whole," former Australian selector Trevor Hohns was quoted as saying in the report.

"He is actually doing coaching in the real sense of the word - teaching players about different scenarios in cricket and caring about their wider lives. He makes sure the players enjoy themselves. That doesn't mean getting out on the grog. People misconstrue that," Hohns added.

Queensland captain James Hopes said: "I think the key to him is he treats players as themselves. He can verbally spray some guys, because he knows some guys can take it. But then he will be a bit more gentle with other guys."


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