As the ball tampering scandal continues to take its toll on Australian Cricket, wheels continue to fall off. Darren Lehmann, the latest entrant, has resigned as the Head coach of the Australian Cricket team with the Wanderers Test set to be his last.

“As many who sit in this room will know, life on the road means a lot of time away from loved ones and after speaking to my family, it is the right time to step away,” an emotional Lehmann on the eve of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers. “I hope the team rebuilds and the Australian public can forgive the young men and get behind the XI.,” said a tearful Darren Lehmann after Smith’s breakdown in front of the reporters in Sydney

“Speaking to the players and saying goodbye is the toughest thing I have had to do,” Lehmann said. “It’s been happening for a few days and you think you can keep going but the amount of abuse just takes its toll. They made a mistake. Speaking to my family, they’ve had enough of traveling 300 days. This was entirely my decision. I have been speaking to the hierarchy in the last couple of days.”

The decision comes despite being exonerated by Cricket Australia of his involvement in the ball tampering scandal.