Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann. @ Getty Images
Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann. @ Getty Images

Darren Lehmann feels he might have overstayed as coach of Australia. Lehmann, who under who s watchful eyes Australia won two home Ashes series (2013-14 and 2017-18) and also the World Cup in 2015, took over from Micky Arthur ahead of the 2013 series. However, his reign was brought to an end after he, along with ex-captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were suspended in the ball-tampering scandal at Cape Town in March this year.

“I look back now and I had a fantastic five years coaching Australia,” Lehmann told FIVEaa radio on Tuesday.

“But I look back now and go ‘maybe it was a bit too long’ to be fair. I speak to Justin Langer quite regularly just making sure he gets some time off where he can because you’re on the road and it’s 300 days of high pressure trying to win every game. That takes its toll.

“It’s 24/7, you don’t sleep. You’re thinking about either the day, the coming day, six months ahead, who you’ve got coming up, what players are coming back from injuries, you’re talking to everyone. It’s literally the most demanding job I’ve ever had, but it’s great fun. Even right to the end I loved it.”

Lehmann admitted that the infamous ball-tampering scandal was a scar in Australia s cricket history. “I was in a bad place like everyone for a little bit of time,” he said.

“It’s taken me the last three months, I’m starting to feel a bit more normal and enjoying watching the cricket again. It’s been good days, bad days, but getting over it and (I’m) starting to look forward to the game of cricket again.”

The 48-year-old former allrounder feels Smith and Warner will make a smooth comeback for Australia. “They’re not too bad. They have good days and bad days like everyone. Obviously, that was a pretty big mistake by everyone, but the game moves forward, and they’re going ok, they’re good young men, and they’ll come back playing really good cricket for Australia.”