Lehmann to step down as Australia coach

Darren Lehmann's last assignment as the head coach will be Australia's fourth Test against South Africa.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann   -  Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann says he will quit after the final Test against South Africa, citing the emotional stress of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

The 48-year-old was cleared of any wrongdoing, by Cricket Australia, in the ball-tampering issue.

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Lehmann says he came to his decision after watching news coverage of Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft returning home having confessed to cheating in the third test last weekend.

 

A tearful Lehmann insisted the decision to quit was his, and he was not fired by his bosses over the scandal that has plunged the team into crisis.

Captain Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Bancroft all received bans.

The final Test in Johannesburg starts on Friday.

South Africa leads the series 2-1.