Under the weather: Darren Lehmann will step away from the Australian cricket team. Photo: Robert CianfloneIndia avoid series whitewash
Australian coach Darren Lehmann has suffered a health scare and will miss the upcoming Twenty20 series against India after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis on Saturday night.
It is unclear if Lehmann, who is unable to fly, will be able to coach the team on the tour of New Zealand with his availability hinging on how he responds to treatment in the coming days. Batting coach Michael Di Venuto will take the reins for the Twenty20s.
DVT, which is a blood clot, can be a potentially fatal condition in more serious cases but Lehmann’s history – he had it in 2007 while still a player – allowed for an early diagnosis.
Lehmann felt swelling in his calf after a morning run and reported his symptoms to Cricket Australia medical staff upon arrival at the SCG on Saturday afternoon. He was then sent for scans which confirmed he had DVT and admitted to Royal Prince Albert Hospital in Sydney.
Australia’s players were told of the news after the match, which they lost to India by six wickets with two balls remaining.
“It’s all good news but one of the factors associated with it is it’s unwise to fly until you’ve stabilised the condition so he will be absent from the Australian team camp for a short period,” CA’s chief medical officer Dr John Orchard said.
“He’ll only be in hospital for a day or two but he will be unavailable to fly for a week then we’ll reassess how it’s all going.
“He’s very sensible about it and wants to put his health first so he’s happy to hand over the reins to make sure he’s going to be ok from a health perspective which is what we expect.
“It’s a condition which has a very good outcome if you get it early which we have.”
Dr Orchard was unsure how long Lehmann would be out of action but said it was a “possibility” he may miss the tour of New Zealand.
“Rough timeframe will be weeks but it’s hard to be more definite than that,” Dr Orchard said.
“The treatment for DVT is to thin the blood and sometimes you can do that really quickly and stabilise people really quickly and sometimes it takes a little bit of time because it requires a change of medication.
“Its hard to give an exact timeframe.
“Symptomatically he’s ok. He could coach but we’re not going to have him flying around.”
Former Test captain Steve Waugh suffered DVT in 2001, which he suspected was the result of the long flight home from the Ashes.
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