Darren Lehmann has resigned as Australia cricket coach in the wake of the ball tampering scandal.
Lehmann made the shock announcement on Thursday after watching his players, Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith, make grovelling apologies on their return to Australia.
He will stand down from the position after the fourth Test against South Africa, starting today in Johannesburg.
Lehmann said that it was the events in the media with Smith and Bancroft on Thursday that prompted him to change his mind and take the call. The suspended captain of the side was reduced to tears in an emotional address to the media, as he apologised repeatedly for the 'grave mistake' that the trio committed. Bancroft too was regretful for his act, and heartbroken for having squandered away his Test spot for free.
"This will be my last Test as head coach of the Australian cricket team as I am stepping down. After seeing events in the media today with Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft, the feeling is that Australian cricket needs to move forward and it is the right thing to do," a teary-eyed Lehmann said in a press conference.