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Lehmann reveals anguish after race row

22/10/2004 05:07:53 AM Comments (0)

Australian batsman Darren Lehmann has accused his employers, Cricket Australia, of not fully supporting him during the Sri Lankan race row incident last year.

Lehmann was banned for five one-day internationals for uttering the worlds "black c..." after he was run out against Sri Lanka in a one-day international match at the Gabba on January 15 last year.

"I was also disappointed at the lack of support, certainly in the public arena, that I received from Cricket Australia," he wrote in his biography Darren Lehmann, Worth the Wait.

"I am not for a second asking them to condone what I did but I thought as I was one of their employees they may have been able to state somewhere during the maelstrom engulfing me that I was a good person with a pretty good record over 15 years.

"They never said it was totally out of character, nor that I had cooperated fully with all the relevant people associated with the investigation and hearing.

"Anger built up in me as I got closer and closer to the rooms and once in there I exploded, in the worst possible way," he wrote.

"The two words I regrettably used were 'black c...'

"... It is not something that I had said before and it certainly isn't something I have said since."

Lehman said he thought the matter was over after he had apologised verbally and by letter to the Sri Lankans - who had heard the outburst - and being reprimanded after play by the match referee Clive Lloyd.

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