Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann is gearing up to announce his resignation from the position within the next 24 hours, according to news.com.au.
Barring a late change in the infamous ball tampering scandal, it seems that Lehmann will be the first victim to fall.
There is unprecedented pressure on the 48-year-old coach, as cricket greats demand answers and push for an overhaul to Australian cricket during the investigation.
Despite Australian captain Steve Smith admitting to his involvement in the scandal and the “leadership group’s” knowledge of the behaviour, the backlash seems to be falling the hardest on Lehmann’s shoulders.
Former Australian wicket-keeper Ian Healy and ex-England captain Nasser Hussain are two cricket figureheads that have been the catalyst to a lot of questions and demands being thrown in Lehmann’s direction.
Hussain appeared on Sky Sports demanding answers from the Australian coach, questioning his decision to not speak publicly following the incident.
“It doesn’t look good on Lehmann either way, really …if he did know then he’s in a whole heap of trouble and will not be able to hold his job down if he is condoning cheating and scratching of a cricket ball,” Hussain said on Sky Sports.
“In the dressing rooms I’ve played in, it is inconceivable that the coach wouldn’t know something like this was being dreamt up.”
Healy brought much of the same analysis on Channel Nine, interrogating Lehmann’s potential involvement in the scandal.
“Lehmann is really under the gun now … if he didn’t know, that’s a problem as well. His senior players are going around the coach. And if he did know, he’s in real trouble,” Healy said on Channel Nine.
Ian Botham provided a much more scathing criticism of the Australian team’s decision to cheat in their third test match against South Africa.
“What on earth possesses you to do something so stupid is beyond me. There’s so much talk about it – how far does it go, how deep does it go?” the former England cricketer said to Sky Sports.
“The players are saying that the management weren’t involved which I hope is true. I don’t think this decision was made by (just) Smith and (vice-captain David) Warner – so who else was involved?”
Former Australian cricket coach John Buchanan joined BBC Radio 5 Live to pile on the pressure.
“It is unusual as the teams are walking out that the coach is unaware of what’s about to happen,” Buchanan said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“Generally it will be the coach and captain … who will be saying, ‘these are the sort of things we want to do and put in place when we get out on the field’.”