Former all rounder Lehmann firm favourite to become next Oz ODI coach

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 01, 2013 06:40 hrs

Former all rounder Darren Lehmann has emerged as a firm favourite to become Australia's next limited-overs coach following reports that country's cricket board is contemplating splitting the roles of Test, one-day and Twenty20 coach in the future.

It is understood that Cricket Australia (CA) is looking at splitting the roles of Test, one-day and Twenty20 coach in the future and Lehmann is in the box seat to be a national limited-overs coach, reports.

Queensland Cricket's clean sweep of domestic trophies is in no small part due to Lehmann's coaching, as he made sure the players were not only training and playing hard, but also enjoying themselves, the paper reported.

Fast bowler Ryan Harris, who surged into Ashes contention by taking 4-26 in the remarkable Ryobi Cup final win over Victoria as Australian back-up pace man Jackson Bird was breaking down, believes Lehmann would be a natural as an Australian coach.

Harris said Lehmann is a great bloke and he would suit that role perfectly, especially if they split the coaching roles, adding the former Australian all rounder just gets enjoyment out of the game, and he gets everyone having fun and he approaches the game in the way as he played it. (ANI)

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