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Darren Lehmann to miss ODI leg of New Zealand tour

Darren Lehmann to miss ODI leg of New Zealand tour
Australia will play three ODIs and two Tests in New Zealand.
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Australian coach Darren Lehmann will not fly to New Zealand along with the national team for the One-Day International series against the Black Caps which begins on 3rd February after he was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis.

In a media release Cricket Australia (CA) chief medical officer, John Orchard revealed that Lehmann is awaiting medical clearance for air travel.

Orchard further added that Lehmann will meet with specialists in Sydney and is expected to resume work in the coming week.

“Darren is in good health and feeling well at the moment but is still awaiting medical clearance for us to be satisfied that it is safe for him to fly.

“As such he will not travel to New Zealand for the one-day international series.

“He is meeting with specialists in Sydney later this week and will have repeat scans on Friday to check his progress.

“It is anticipated he will be fit to resume work in the coming weeks.” 

CA executive general manager of team performance, Pat Howard asserted that Lehmann’s health is the primary priority of the board and hoped that the 45-year-old will return for the New Zealand Tests.

Howard also revealed that the board will first wait for medical advice on Lehmann’s health condition before taking any decision regarding an interim coach.

“The health and wellbeing of our players and staff is always our first priority and that’s certainly the case with Darren.

“We will await medical advice from the specialists before we make any decisions regarding an interim coaching role for the limited-overs series in New Zealand.

“We have strong depth in our coaching ranks and will make that decision in due course.

“It is anticipated that Darren will make it back for the Test series, but as with all the decisions we make, we will be guided by medical advice.” 

Batting coach Michael Di Venuto was handed the charge of the Australian team for the upcoming Twenty20 International series against India which begins on Thursday in Adelaide. 

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