Darren Lehmann to remain Australia coach till 2019

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Melbourne, Aug 1: Cricket Australia (CA) today (August 1) announced that Head Coach Darren Lehmann has extended his contract till October 2019.

Lehmann's contract was due to expire in June 2017 and has been extended to cover the Ashes and ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019, a media release from CA said on Monday.

File photo: Lehmann (centre) with Michael Clarke (left) and Shane Watson

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Since Lehmann's appointment in 2013 he has taken the Test and One Day sides to number one in the world, won a home Ashes series 5-0, beat South Africa in a Test series away from home and won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Lehmann said he was grateful for the support he had received and was looking forward to the upcoming challenges.

"I am incredibly grateful for the support and faith the Cricket Australia Board and the players have put in me.

"I absolutely love doing this job and as far as I am concerned it is the best job in the world.

"I certainly would not be able to do this role without the love and support of my wife Andrea and my kids. They allow me to be away from home for extended periods of time and have supported me every step of the way and I am extremely grateful for that.

"There is still a lot I would like to achieve in the time I have left and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us especially with an upcoming Test series in India and a home Ashes series.

"I don't just see my job as winning games of cricket. It's about continuing to grow the game from the grassroots up in Australia, and helping to grow the game worldwide.

"We want to see as many fans come and watch us as possible, and we need to ensure we continue to play that entertaining brand of cricket so that ultimately we have more people wanting to watch and play this great game," said Lehmann.

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