Lehmann rules out international return after taking Heat job

By Sports Desk March 07, 2019

Darren Lehmann says he has rediscovered his love for cricket after being appointed Brisbane Heat head coach but ruled out an international return.

Lehmann was on Thursday confirmed as successor to Daniel Vettori, who stepped down from his role with the Heat after the 2018-19 Big Bash League.

The 49-year-old Lehmann is looking forward to returning to the game for his first challenge since quitting as Australia head coach in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal last year.

"You go through chapters as a coach, whether it's success or failure and I've had both," he said.

"It's a learning curve for everyone and I've learnt plenty. It was about getting back to waking up and enjoying going to the game ... for a while there it was very hard to watch."

Lehmann says there is no chance he will take on another job on the international stage further down the line.

Asked about the possibility of coaching at the highest level, he said: "No. I'm not travelling 300 days away again a year and I don't think my wife would let me either."

The former Australia batsman says it is time on to move on from the events at Newlands which led to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft being banned and a damning subsequent Cricket Australia review.

"That hurt a lot of people, didn't it? All of us involved," he said. "It's time to move on though. The game of cricket is bigger than any incident, so for us it's about moving forward.

"I think you learn a lot about yourself in dark times. So for me it's about enjoying the game … getting the next generation through, have them playing well for the Heat and then hopefully Australia.

"Yep [he was hurt by criticism]. Mainly because when we won 4-0 against England, there were no attacks on the culture then.

"But you understand that, that's what happens when something like that happens. You have to take stock of that as a coach, work out what's right and what's wrong, and move forward."

Related items

  • Simmons, Archer lead surprise CPL draft snubs Simmons, Archer lead surprise CPL draft snubs

    Eyebrows were raised around the region after several high-profile players failed to find a home during Wednesday’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft in London.

    Leading the list of notable Caribbean absentees for the upcoming season were Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Sunil Ambris, Davendra Bishoo and Kevon Cooper. 

    The case of Simmons is particularly surprising as things seem to have spun in a 180-degree direction.  Only a few months ago the player was selected as the first pick of the 2018 draft for the St Lucia Stars.

    On that occasion, Simmons went for $US 160,000 after entering the draft for $US 70,000.  The Trinidadian native entered the draft at the same price but this time around but found no takers.

    The much-travelled Simmons previously played for the Jamaica Tallahwahs, Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.  The 36-year-old Smith, who previously opened for Barbados Tridents and Amazon Warriors, also found himself without a team after entering in the $US 70,000 category.

     Another stunning omission, maybe the most surprising, from the team selection was Barbadian born Englishman Jofra Archer, who was the most expensive ever Caribbean-born player for the 2018 IPL season.  The all-rounder also had several big performances in the Australia Big Bash League.  The player was recently selected for the England World Cup squad.

     

  • Tridents look to put poor season behind them with Alex Hales, good draft business Tridents look to put poor season behind them with Alex Hales, good draft business

    After failing to make the playoffs of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League, the Barbados Tridents have made some of the most notable drafts in the 2019 edition of the competition.

    The Tridents, after being forced to take on new ownership just over a week ago, have already gone about the business of turning their fortunes around with the employ of England’s big-hitting opener, Alex Hales during the CPL’s draft on Wednesday, which took place at the Gfinity eSports Arena in London.

    The Tridents wasted little time in using the very first pick of the draft to snare the big-hitting England batsman, who, speaking later during the draft, said he was thrilled to be heading back to an island he described as one of his favourite places to play cricket for what will be his first taste of the biggest party in sport.

    Hales also wants to get back into the England set up, and hopes playing in tournaments like the CPL will do that.

    “I think it's a good opportunity. These tournaments now are well-respected all around the world, particularly by the selectors and ECB. So yeah I'd love to use these tournaments to hopefully get back into the frame for next year,” said Hales.

    In addition, the Tridents, who just days ago, announced West Indies captain Jason Holder as their marquee player, have also picked up Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali and Sandeep Lamichane.

    Those three will combine with locals in Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Jonathan Carter, Chemar Holder, Roshon Primus, Raymon Reifer, Joshua Bishop, Justin Greaves, and Hayden Walsh.

    From overseas, the Tridents will also employ the use of Leniko Boucher, Imad Wasim in the line-up.

    The Hero Caribbean Premier League begins on September 4 and continues through to October 12.

    The Trinbago Knight Riders are the defending champions and are expected to be hunting for a historic three-peat this season, having won in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

  • Notts sign India spinner Ashwin Notts sign India spinner Ashwin

    Ravichandran Ashwin will join Nottinghamshire for the second half of the County Championship season.

    The India spinner, their fourth highest Test wicket-taker of all time, will link up with his new team-mates in time for the home match with Essex at Trent Bridge starting on June 30.

    He will also feature against Somerset and Surrey, before missing the match with Yorkshire because of his India commitments. Ashwin is expected to be back for the last three matches of the Championship season versus Kent, Warwickshire and Surrey.

    "I'm really looking forward to joining up with Nottinghamshire, to playing cricket at an iconic venue like Trent Bridge and hopefully contributing to some County Championship victories," Ashwin told Notts' official website.

    "I enjoyed my previous stint in England with Worcestershire. It's a good, competitive standard of cricket over there and I can't wait to get started."

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.