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Darren Lehmann lands first coaching job since standing down as Australian boss

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6th March, 2019

Former Australian coach Darren Lehmann has been announced as the new Brisbane Heat mentor, in what will be his first coaching appointment since the ball tampering scandal in South Africa last year.

Lehmann ultimately resigned over the incident after players David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were also suspended.

But he continued to work developing talent with the national performance squad and other cricket pathway programs before entering the media.

News Corp reported Lehmann edged Queensland Bulls coach Wade Seccombe for the role, with former Heat batsman Brendon McCullum and international all-rounder James Hopes also applying.

Brisbane-based Lehmann had previously coached the Heat to their only title.

Brisbane Heat General Manager Andrew McShea said he was glad to have Lehmann onboard, and he would resume his position next week.

Lehmann, who earned 27 Test caps as a player, said he was chuffed to return.

“It was a wonderful experience at the time to be involved with building the Brisbane Heat at the start of the BBL and we had plenty of fun,” he said.

“I enjoyed watching the BBL and the Heat during the season and, as a coach, I am pretty excited to be working with the Heat players, who I know are as talented and determined as anyone going around.”