Australia extends Coach Lehmann's contract to 2019

Published On: August 1, 2016 04:36 PM NPT By: Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Aug 1: Australian cricket has extended head coach Darren Lehmann's contract to cover the Ashes and the World Cup in 2019.

Lehmann, a former test batsman who took over a team in turmoil during the losing Ashes series in England in 2013, was initially contracted to mid-2017.

Australian's cricket executive general manager Pat Howard on Monday said "2019 is such a big year and we wanted certainty and stability for the playing group with both the coach and assistant coach."

During Lehmann's tenure, Australia regained the No. 1 test match ranking and won the 2015 World Cup on home soil.

The Australians are in Sri Lanka for a three-test series.

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