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Darren Lehmann diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis

Darren Lehmann diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis
Darren Lehmann's role with the Australian team as head coach is under doubt.
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Australian head coach Darren Lehmann was hospitalised after being diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis during the fifth One-Day International against India in Sydney.

It was during the Indian innings in the fifth ODI in Sydney, Lehmann complained of a swollen left calf and was immediately rushed to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. 

A deep vein thrombosis is caused as a result of a blood clot in the vein which affects the blood flow from the lower back to the heart.

Cricket Australia's (CA) chief medical officer John Orchard revealed that even though Lehmann is currently stable, it will take a while for him to return back to coaching job.

“DVT is not an uncommon condition and it is important to diagnose it early so that it can be safely managed.

“On that basis we were fortunate to have PRP Imaging next to the Sydney Cricket Ground so we could get the scan done promptly.

“Darren is stable but he has been advised not to fly in the short term and will therefore require a lay-off before he can return to coaching.”

Orchard also conveyed that Lehmann's participation in the upcoming Australian tour of New Zealand will also come under the cloud as he will be adviced against travelling between places.

"Symptomatically he's fine, he could coach, but we're not going to have him flying around as we move from city to city.

"It's not definite either way, [returning to New Zealand tour] is a possibility but we've given a prognosis for this week that he'll miss the T20 series and then it depends on how quickly he stabilises." 

CA team performance manager Pat Howard wished Lehmann a speedy recovery and also confirmed that batting coach Michael Di Venuto will act as the interim coach for the upcoming Twenty20 International series against India.

“We plan for all eventualities and on that basis Michael Di Venuto, who has previously coached Australia A in 2014, will step up to fill Darren’s role as Head Coach for the KFC Twenty20 International Series," said Howard.

“We will assess the situation on the basis of medical advice and with Darren’s best interests in mind over the coming days.”

Lehmann's wife as well as the Australian players were informed about the 45-year-old's situation after the completion of the game.

In the probability of Lehmann taking a longer time for recovery, current coach of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers, Justin Langer will be the likely replacement.

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