Australia set for coaching shake-up as McDermott confirms departure


Australia head coach Darren Lehmann will have to piece his coaching staff back together after the World Twenty20, after Craig McDermott confirmed his intention to step down.

Lehmann is already set to lose batting coach Michael Di Venuto, who has agreed to become head coach of English county side Surrey.

Lehmann has previously hinted that he intends to remain in the role until 2019, with Justin Langer widely tipped as the main candidate to take over once the former all-rounder gives up the reins.

McDermott said: "It's been a thrill to have been able to help the players reach their potential, and to see them achieve such feats as the 5-0 Ashes win at home, defeating South Africa in South Africa and winning last year's World Cup. 

"I'd love nothing more than to finish this stint with victory in the World T20 in India.

"I will certainly miss the Australian team, and wish the players and coaches every success in the future."

A T20 series against South Africa precedes the World T20, where Australia will look to win the trophy for the first time.

However, Lehmann will then face a decision on who will assist him with a tri-nation series with the Proteas and West Indies to follow in June before away Tests against the South Africans.