Team Australia coach, Darren Lehmann added on Tuesday that a widely punishing calendar of cricket may not leave another choice for him but to leave his responsibility for the T20 and ODI sides to focus only on Test matches.
Due to hectic schedule and health issues, the 47 years old coach has missed several T20s and ODI series over the years, including the recent limited-over tour in India.
Now he is back to lead Australia in the most awaited Ashes series against England but he finds some time when there is one coach for T20s and ODIs and one for Tests. In an interview with cricket.com.au, he added “I believe it will be a stage where I will need to look at that setup.”
“For example, I know speaking to Andy Flower (former coach of England). He didn’t like it that much but I believe the way the game is heading, you have no other choice now.”
England tested with an individual limited-over coach Under Flower but the roles have been combined for Trevor Bayliss again.
Lehmann, who has been the couch of Australia since 2013, added he would like to split his duties between limited overs and Tests, instead having 3 coaches for the different formats of the game.
Lehmann added, “They cannot be split into three ways, one-dayers, Tests, and T20. Sometimes, there is no need to have another coach, it’s no more than logistical nightmares, so I believe you would go red ball, white ball.”
Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer, David Saker, and Jason Gillespie have been considered to be the potential candidates who are opted by Cricket Australia to split the roles of head coach. The path is trodden well by the players, while many are specializing in either ODI/T20s or Tests, even though many of them still excel in both.
According to Lehmann, he could envision the day when there is separate XIs completely for each format. He added, “Cricket is actually getting specialized. There is a time when I don’t know how much time down the track but there will be huge changes and XIs will be separate for white-ball and red-ball cricket. And it is happening these days, simply because it is not going to be the only way to keep players on the park.”
He found that this kind of system might lead to a problem but he insisted it to be feasible. He added, “There are big tournaments for you to win and your best side should be there. There are different stories for all. For example, how young guys can have the next level opportunity if you don’t allow them when you have a chance? There are pros and cons in everything. It’s up to you to balance them out.”
Troy Cooley, Graeme Hick, and John Davison will also coach the CA XI team in their game against England XI for four days in Townsville (i.e. from November 15 to November 18), before the first Test to be held in Brisbane and 2-day game in Perth before the third Ashes test.