Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann has said that he will step down from the post after the final test against South Africa. Lehmann has said that he has taken this decision after watching the press conference on the return of Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft accepting the allegation in the third Test last weekend. Lehmann insisted that the decision to quit is his own and considering his affair with the team, the officials have not removed him from the post.

Captain Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Bancroft have been banned. The final test will be played in Johannesburg from March 30. South Africa are leading 2-1 in the four-Test series.

Significantly, Steve Smith had become emotional during the press conference earlier. He appealed for forgiveness. He said, “I am deeply sorry, I love the game of cricket, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love. Anytime you think about making a questionable decision, think about affecting your parents… To see the way my old man has been, and my mum, it hurts. I just want to say I’m sorry for the pain I have brought to Australia and the fans and the public.”