Lehmann back to boost test team in New Zealand


SYDNEY: Coach Darren Lehmann has been cleared to join Australia’s Test team in New Zealand after suffering from deep vein thrombosis, Cricket Australia said Thursday.

Lehmann has been sidelined since January 23 after he was admitted to a Sydney hospital with a swollen calf.

Batting coach Michael Di Venuto replaced him for Australia’s Twenty20 series against India and the one-day international tour of New Zealand, which started in Auckland on Wednesday.

All the games have been lost.

“Darren has received clearance from specialists in Australia to travel on Saturday and return to work,” Cricket Australia’s chief medical officer John Orchard said in a statement Thursday.

Lehmann will fly to Wellington and remain there until Australia’s first Test against New Zealand starts on February 12. The second Test is in Christchurch on February 20.

Di Venuto was confirmed as acting ODI coach for the Wellington match on Saturday and Hamilton on February 8.

New Zealand thrashed Australia by 159 runs in the opening one-day international.

AFP

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