Melbourne, Oct 17: Darren Lehmann will stay on as Australia's head coach till 2017 after his contract was extended today, Cricket Australia (CA) announced
"Australia's Head Coach Darren Lehmann has had his contract extended until 30 June 2017. Lehmann's contract had been due to expire on June 30 2016," CA said in a media statement on Friday.
CA's Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard said Lehmann's influence on the team had been immense since assuming the position in June 2013.
"We have been extremely pleased with the results Darren has achieved with the team since he came on board," 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. Importantly it provides continuity for the team and certainty for Darren heading into a critical period for Australian cricket," he added.
Lehmann said he was extremely pleased to be able to commit to the role for the coming years.
"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," Lehmann said.
"It was good to be able to sit down with Pat Howard and James Sutherland and go through where we see the team going in the next while. I'm grateful that the Board has shown faith in me to continue in the job.
"At the end of the day I will be judged by results, if the team is not performing then I am answerable.
"In the meantime, I am looking forward to this current Test series against Pakistan then getting stuck in as we lead into the biggest summer of cricket Australia has seen in a long time," the former left-handed batsman added.