Australia to finalise head coach in ‘coming weeks’

Cricket Australia (CA) said that the positions of head coach, ODI captain and ODI vice-captain will be finalised in the “coming weeks” after a board meeting on Friday.

Coach Darren Lehmann stepped down at the conclusion of the tour to South Africa with Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting and Jason Gillespie said to be in the running for the top job.

Tim Paine has been confirmed as Test skipper for the forseeable future but Australia have a limited-overs tour to the UK in June and leadership group will have to be chosen with senior players Aaron Finch and George Bailey thought to be in the reckoning as captains.

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CA board chairman, David Peever said: “The Board has asked management to provide recommendations regarding candidates for the Men’s Head Coach, ODI Captain and ODI Vice-Captain.

“The Board is anticipating receiving these recommendations in the coming weeks, with a view to making appointments ahead of the ODI Tour to the UK.

“Once these appointments have been endorsed and finalised, announcements can then be made.”

The suspension of former captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, coupled with the resultant resignation of Lehmann as coach, has prompted the need for the radical leadership revamp.

CA will also conduct an independent review into player behaviour.