Coach Lehmann To Quit Cricket Team: Report
Under-fire Australian national team cricket coach Darren Lehmann is reportedly set to resign with immediate effect, as the ball-tampering row escalates in South Africa.
According to The Telegraph in London, Lehmann is expected to quit the team in the next 24 hours and it's the reason why Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has flown to South Africa.
CA's integrity chief Iain Roy and team performance manager Pat Howard have arrived in South Africa and started their formal review of skipper Steve Smith's cheating confession that rocked world cricket.
Sutherland, who is under immense pressure to strip Smith of the captaincy, will meet with Roy and Howard on Tuesday before discussing likely punishments with CA's board.
CA chairman David Peever says an announcement regarding the findings of the inquiry will be made on Wednesday morning (AEDT).
"The Cricket Australia Board has been fully updated on the issue and supports James travelling to South Africa to manage the response to the investigation currently underway.
"We expect to be able to fully update the Australian public on the findings on Wednesday morning (Tuesday evening in Johannesburg).
"We understand that everyone wants answers, but we must follow our due diligence before any further decisions are made," said Peever.
Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught using tape to interfere with the ball during the third Test at Newlands before Smith admitted the team's leadership group had agreed to the idea at an explosive press conference.
Smith has since been slapped with a one-Test ban by the International Cricket Council and will miss the spiteful four-Test series finale that starts in Johannesburg on Friday, with Australia 2-1 down.