Cricket Australia considering different coach for each format

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Lehmann may find himself assigned to one format in the near future

Cricket Australia have revealed that they are considering the option of having a different coach for each format of the game.

While nothing is set in stone just yet, the board announced that Darren Lehmann will continue leading Australia’s Test team and limited overs squad for the time being.

Cricket Australia may look to copy England’s coaching plan, which has Andy Flower in charge of the Test team and Ashley Giles overlooking the limited overs squad.

But, as of right now, Cricket Australia have planned to give Lehmann regular breaks, just like they have with the ongoing limited overs tour of India, where Steve Rixon has assumed control of Lehmann’s duties.

“We never count anything out but to be honest as you’ve seen with Steve Rixon in India, the Future Tours Program means a coach going on every tour [is] very difficult,” Cricket Australia team performance manager Pat Howard was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. “For other positions I wouldn’t draw too long a bow at the moment? The Argus report gave two recommendations, one talked about splitting the formats and the other suggestion was leaving coaches out of certain tours. We’ve gone down [the latter] path for the moment and I think it’s an important part of reinvigorating certain coaches’ focus at certain times.

“The bowling one is focused on the coaches’ core technical skill rather than dictated by the Future Tours Program.”

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