Former Australian coach Darren Lehmann has admitted that he may have surpassed his welcome as a senior mentor for the national team by signing two extensions of the contract before resigning amid the misery of the Newlands ball-disrupting scandal. early this year.
"Look now and I had a fantastic five-year training in Australia," Lehmann told FIVEaa radio. "But now I look back and I'm going, maybe it was a bit too long" to be fair, I talk to Justin Langer quite often, making sure he has some free time where he can because he's on the road and it's 300 days of high pressure trying to win each game, that has its effect.
"It's 24-7, you do not sleep. You're thinking about the day, the next day, six months ahead, who you have to come to, which players return from injuries, you're talking to everyone. It's literally the most demanding job I've had, but it's a lot of fun. Even until the end, I loved it.
Originally signing in mid-2013 on a three-year contract to take it to 2016, Lehmann received two extensions from the team's performance manager, Pat Howard, the first who carried it out. until 2017 and then the second extended its term until the end of the 2019 series Ashes in England, this last addition was announced during a deficient tour of Sri Lanka in 2016.
Initially, Lehmann had been considered a short-term solution for problems on the national side under his predecessor Mickey Arthur, including four-player "task" suspensions in India in 2013 and a series of behavior problems with David Warner, and the coach himself always insisted that he was not in the position for long term term. However, an early period of great success, which included the 2013-14 ash wash, a home victory over India after the death of Phillip Hughes and the World Cup victory at home, meant that Lehmann's time in the workplace it would expand.
He was forced to resign at the same time that Warner, Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft were banned for premeditated manipulation of the ball and subsequent damage to the image of the game.
"I was in a bad place like everyone for a little bit, it's taken me the last three months, I'm starting to feel a little more normal and I enjoy watching cricket again," Lehmann said. "Your children, and when your wife is copying it, you say enough is enough, that's when it becomes too personal and you take a step back."
In the recently published book by Gideon Haigh, Crossing the Line It was reported that there were concerns within the national health team and Lehmann's ability to cope with the demands of work from 2015 onwards In January 2016, Lehmann suffered a severe deep vein thrombosis that forced him to take a rest, which led to Langer. intervening as ODI trainer for a triangular series of the Caribbean later that year.
"At the beginning, I was reluctant to take on selection responsibilities that" had the potential to create friction between the players and myself ": Howard needed to persuade him" Haigh wrote. "He also did not see himself staying too long, he liked to quote his wife Andrea's question when they offered him the job:" Do you think you can make a difference? "But Lehmann stayed. I had to do it, cricket training is a precarious occupation, the national role is the only one in Australia that pays something like a football coach, the prestige and requirements of the position are incomparable.
"In retrospect, some thought that Lehmann should have left after the 2015 World Cup, at which time he was clearly feeling the pressure of indifferent health and prolonged separations from his home. But with the retirements of Clarke, Haddin, Rogers, Harris, Johnson and Watson in a short time, after the tragedy of Phillip Hughes, the continuity of the coach seemed to be welcome. His influence was then consolidated by the need to redo the team under Smith and Warner, suddenly high level players despite their relative inexperience. As the coach grew, the players became younger. More and more he referred to them as "children": "good", "great", "workers", etc., when they could be men of about 20 years or even older. "
On the subject Lehmann, of the Forbidden Smith and Warner said the former leadership duo was still feeling their way back from the traumas earlier this year. "They're not so bad, they have good and bad days like everyone else," he said. "Obviously that was a Big mistake for everyone, but the game progresses, and they go well, they are good young players, and they will be playing cricket very well for Australia. "
Lehmann also spoke about Usman Khawaja, after his performance in Dubai to save matches." An outstanding effort and probably puts someone who calls to bed, "said Lehmann." I think the opening is left in the subcontinent, is against the new ball, is not turning as much … His record as a starter is incredible , he has only done it a few times and he has two hundred. I think he said it at his press conference, where everyone said he looks too lazy, but it's not like that at all.
"When you're training, you're training as hard as anyone else to be the best you can be." I know, and trying to improve your game, and when it fails, it hurts like everyone else. It just keeps a lot inside, but when you're inside the store, you see those emotions come out the door. "