Australia coach Darren Lehmann believes the increasing demands of the international schedule leave “no choice” but to split the head coach role between red and white-ball formats.
Lehmann returns to his role for the Magellan Ashes in the coming weeks having missed Australia’s ODI and T20 tour of India, with bowling coach David Saker standing in as head coach.
“I think it will get to a stage where I’ll probably have to look at changing that setup,” Lehmann told cricket.com.au.
“I know speaking to (former England coach) Andy Flower for example … he didn’t like it so much, but I think the way that the game is going, you’ve got no choice now.”
“You can’t split them three ways – Tests, one-dayers and T20 – some of the time there’s no point another coach coming in, it’s just logistical nightmares, so I think you’d probably go white ball, red ball.
“And cricket is really getting specialised. You can see a time when down the track … I don’t know how many years but there’ll be really significant changes and the XIs will be separate XI for each format or in red-ball and white-ball cricket.