Darren Lehmann replaces sacked Mickey Arthur as Australia coach

Lehmann's appointment came after Mickey Arthur was dramatically sacked just 16 days before the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

updated: June 24, 2013 17:17 IST
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Bristol: Darren Lehmann was appointed as the new coach of the Australia cricket team on Monday after Mickey Arthur was sacked just 16 days before the first Ashes Test in England following several embarrassing on and off-field incidents.

"The timing is far from ideal but we didn't feel we could sit back and hope matters would change without addressing issues critical to a high-performing team culture," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland told a news conference in Bristol, southwest England.

"It obviously isn't the type of change we want to make three weeks out from the Ashes commencing but we believe a change is needed. The status quo is not good enough, we need improved accountability and performance."

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