Cricket Australia appoints Darren Lehmann as new coach to pull Australia

By Hitesh Jain on Jun 25, 2013 | Champions Trophy 2013
England might not have fulfilled their dream of winning the ICC Champions Trophy to go even more intimidating into the Ashes series, but they are still in a much better position and favourites in all respect as compared to Australia. Australia has had one of the worst outings in an ICC 50 over tournament in last 15 years during this year’s Champions Trophy. The Defending Champions not even managed to reach semi-finals. While one may argue that this is part of the game, but not many could argue against the comprehensive losses which Australia suffered.

Had it not been a practice match, Australia would have suffered their biggest loss by runs in their cricketing history when India, who stamped their NO 1 ODI ranking on Champions Trophy, crushed them by 265 runs. What was further a reason of concern for Cricket Australia were the events unfolding off-field. While Michael Clarke was still struggling with this back, the ghosts of the ‘homework’ incident involving their now premium bet on field, Shane Watson, and IPL twitter rant of David Warner still hovered over Cricket Australia.

To make things worse, Warner ended up in a brawl against English cricketer Joe Root and allegedly even punched him, summoning for reactions which had put culture of Australian cricket in question. All this ensured that something dramatic would unfold before Ashes and it happened when Michael Clarke quit as selector; and Mickey Arthur was unceremoniously dumped as Australia coach and replaced by former Australian cricketer, Darren Lehmann.
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