Darren Lehmann has resigned as Australia’s cricket coach.

This after Cricket Australia cleared Lehmann of any involvement or knowledge of the ball tampering row that has seen Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft handed lengthy bans.

Lehmann’s resignation will come into effect immediately after the fourth test, which starts at the Wanderers on Friday.

Cricket Australia declared Lehmann had no prior knowledge of the plan that Warner came up with and that Bancroft carried out, to use sandpaper to rough up the ball and make it reverse swing.

Smith was sanctioned because he knew of the plan, and as captain did nothing to stop it.

Lehmann has been widely criticised this week for creating the ethos of win-at-all-costs within the team, that’s seen them push the boundaries of fair play even before this incident.

Under his management, Australia’s cricketers have been accused of taken sledging to new lows.

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