There are reports Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann will resign 'within 24 hours'

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  • UK Daily Telegraph reports Lehmann plans to resign, ‘effective immediately’
  • Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland flying to South Africa

There are reports Darren Lehmann, coach of the Australian cricket team, will resign “within 24 hours”.

Media outlets are quoting a UK Daily Telegraph report that Lehmann will quit within 24 hours, “with immediate effect”.

“Lehmann, as coach, is accountable for the culture within the team and has presided over a side happy to agree to pre-meditated cheating,” the report read.

His resignation would come in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal which marred the third Test won by South Africa in Cape Town this week.

Australian captain Steve Smith has already been fined and stood down for the fourth Test after admitting he was part of a plot that saw Cameron Bancroft using yellow tape and grit from the pitch to try to rough up one side of the ball being used.

Bancroft has also been fined and faces suspension from the fourth Test. There are also calls for co-captain David Warner to be sacked.

Smith has also stood down as the captain of the Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals, which bid $2.4 million for his services in this year’s competition, starting next month.

There has, as yet, been no talk of coach Lehmann being party to the ball-tampering plans, and he has not spoken publicly about the scandal. Smith has maintained Lehmann had nothing to do with the plot.

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland is on his way to South Africa to investigate, and a resolution is expected “within 48 hours”. The UK Telegraph says Sutherland is flying over partly to accept Lehmann’s resignation in person.

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