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Cricket – Lehmann agrees new Australia deal

Head coach Darren Lehmann has agreed to sign a new contract which will keep him in charge of the Australia cricket team until October 2019. The 46-year-old has enjoyed an impressive three-year spell since replacing Mickey Arthur in 2013, a spell which has included a 5-0 Ashes whitewash in 2013, a World Cup win last year and a Test series victory in South Africa. Lehmann's tenure has also coincided with the retirement of some influential figures in the Baggy Greens camp, but he has still managed to keep the side top of the world rankings in both Test and one day international cricket. He has suffered two Ashes series losses in England and lost to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates while at the helm, but he is now looking forward to a big three years which include two more Ashes series plus Champions Trophy and World Cup campaigns. Lehmann said: "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." Australia are 3/1 with bet365 to win the World Cup in 2019.

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