Reuters India – JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – An emotional Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann said on Thursday he was stepping down after this week’s test match against South Africa due to abuse he and his family received over a ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the sport.

Summary

  • JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – An emotional Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann said on Thursday he was stepping down after this week’s test match against South Africa due to abuse he and his family received over a ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the sport.
  • Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann walks through a police cordon at Cape Town International Airport, South Africa.
  • REUTERS/Sumaya HishamHis voice choking with emotion at a news conference on the eve of the Johannesburg test, the last of the four-match series against arch rivals South Africa, Lehmann said his decision to quit was tough but voluntary.
  • “My family and I got a lot of abuse over the last week,” said Lehmann, a burly former test player known for his no-nonsense approach on and off the field.
  • However, Cricket Australia cleared Lehmann of wrongdoing, with the organisation’s CEO, James Sutherland, saying Lehmann was as surprised as the thousands of spectators in Cape Town’s Newlands stadium and millions more watching the images at home.


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