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Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has been hospitalised after he was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis during the final ODI against India in Sydney.
Lehmann had the same condition in 2007 and will be replaced by assistant coach Michael Di Venuto while he recovers. Di Venuto will coach Australia during the upcoming Twenty20 series against India.
Cricket Australia’s chief medical officer John Orchard revealed that Lehmann had noticed swelling on his calf on Saturday morning and reported it to the support staff. He was later taken to a radiology clinic at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where it was confirmed that he was suffering from deep vein thrombosis (click here for more details).
“We had a little bit of a scare in the Australian camp in the bowling innings in that our coach Darren Lehmann has been diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis,” Orchard said. “He had some calf swelling this morning … then an hour or two later mentioned it to the physio and to me.
“Short-term symptoms and weren’t particularly bothering him, but possibly because he’s had the issue before he’s aware you do report that sort of thing. He’s not in any major discomfort or pain, but something he knew to report. 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.
“[How long] will depend on how long he takes to get stabilised and treated so they’re happy to release him. He’ll be unable to fly for a week and then we’ll assess him. 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 all ok from a health perspective.”
Orchard also confirmed that there is a possibility Lehmann will miss part of the upcoming New Zealand tour since it will take time for him to make a full recovery.
“The treatment for DVT is to thin the blood, sometimes you can do that really quickly and sometimes it takes a little bit of time because it requires a change of medication,” he said. “So it’s hard to give an exact time frame but he’ll work on that.
“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, [New Zealand being affected] 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.”
Lehmann’s wife Andrea was informed about the diagnosis almost immediately, while the Australian team were told about the 45-year-old’s condition after their six-wicket loss to India.
“Our first thoughts and concerns are obviously with Darren and his family – health is more important than any cricket match,” Cricket Australia team performance chief Pat Howard said. “Everyone at Cricket Australia wishes him a speedy recovery.
“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 Twenty20 International Series. We will assess the situation on the basis of medical advice and with Darren’s best interests in mind over the coming days.”