Lehmann relishes chance of coaching England
by CricketArchive staff reporter
DateLine: 4th December 2006
Former Australian Test batsman Darren Lehmann wants the chance to coach
England, reports said on Sunday.
Amid uncertainty over the future of incumbent Duncan Fletcher, Lehmann
said he would relish the prospect of becoming the first Australian in
129 years to take charge of the old enemy.
Three Aussies have played a role in helping in the recent rise of the
English cricket. Former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh oversaw the England
Cricket Academy between 2001-2005, while Troy Cooley and the great
Dennis Lillee have acted as bowling advisers.
Sydney's Sunday Telegraph newspaper said Lehmann has support from
influential England figures to succeed the man who helped break the
nation's 18-year Ashes drought.
Lehmann, who has one of the shrewdest minds in Australian cricket, said
he would welcome any approach from the England and Wales Cricket Board
"It's something I'd love to do. If the opportunity came up to coach
England, I'd certainly want to do it," Lehmann told the newspaper. "I
know the England players quite well. I've got a lot of things on and
I'm still playing cricket, which makes it difficult to coach
anyone," said Lehmann, currently the president of the Australian
Cricketers' Association. "But I've always had coaching ambitions. I'd
like to think I know the game well enough and I can work with players
well enough. If you can do that, you can do some coaching at various
levels. I can't imagine a better stage than to do it at an
While Fletcher has not hinted at stepping aside, some say the
58-year-old has run his course as England coach.
Fletcher is on a rolling one-year contract with the ECB, and rumours
suggest he will quit after the World Cup in March.
Lehmann, 36, has a strong affinity with English cricket after seven
fruitful seasons at Yorkshire and is regarded as one of the game's
Speaking at the traditional Test dinner at Adelaide Oval on Thursday,
former England Test paceman Darren Gough said Lehmann would be the
ideal man to succeed Fletcher.
"It's a very strong rumour in England that Darren could be the next
coach and he would be a very popular choice with the England players,"
Gough said. "He teaches enjoyment to the players, his knowledge is
second-to-none, especially of the England players after playing in the
country for so long. He has some amazing theories on how the game
should be played."