Australia news January 23, 2016

Lehmann diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis


John Orchard, Cricket Australia's chief medical officer, said Lehmann had noticed calf swelling this morning and reported that to support staff © Getty Images

Australia's coach Darren Lehmann's immediate future is under a cloud after he was diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis during the final ODI against India.

Lehmann was hospitalised after the condition which he had previously suffered in 2007 was confirmed. Michael Di Venuto, the assistant coach, will take charge of the team during the T20I series against India while Lehmann undergoes treatment.

John Orchard, Cricket Australia's chief medical officer, said Lehmann had noticed calf swelling this morning and reported that to support staff. Later in the day, time was found for him to visit a radiology clinic on site at the SCG, which confirmed the re-emergence of the condition some nine years after he last faced it.

"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 said it was a possibility that Lehmann's convalescence would cut into the schedule for the forthcoming tour of New Zealand. "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."

Di Venuto has worked with the national team since 2013 following a long and distinguished playing career. Should Lehmann be unavailable for a longer period, Cricket Australia has already flagged a high opinion of the Western Australia coach Justin Langer, who was set to substitute for the head coach during a limited overs tour of the West Indies in mid-year.

Lehmann's wife Andrea was informed soon after the diagnosis was made and Australia's players were briefed on their coach's health after the completion of the match.

"Our first thoughts and concerns are obviously with Darren and his family - health is more important than any cricket match," the CA 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."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • Thomas on January 25, 2016, 13:10 GMT

    Get well soon, Darren! Embolism is one thing but the DVT may be a sign of something more sinister lingering. Anyways the fact that he has had it before may be a good thing.

  • David on January 24, 2016, 4:30 GMT

    Get well soon and take your time. God Bless.

  • Craig on January 24, 2016, 2:20 GMT

    This DVT is pretty serious as I undertand it. Might be a good time for Boof to hand over the reins to Justin Langer.

  • Graham on January 24, 2016, 0:59 GMT

    Landl47 : I doubt lifestyle choices have anything to do with a clot. I got mine at age 30 when I was running 30kms a week. Blood clots are only dangerous if you dont know about them. It shouldnt hold him back too much.

  • Alex on January 23, 2016, 22:47 GMT

    Di Venuto (OX) not a good choice. Some people are better suited for asst. Main coach need leadership. Aussies may not win t20 this year.

  • Wayne on January 23, 2016, 22:45 GMT

    Geez what bad luck for Boof. How much more of a leg up do we give the mighty team India. Firstly we gift them our back up bowling without even the option afforded by Maxy so they can finally win a game in Australia and now we lose our coach and mentor. Hope he's right after the course anticoags and fit to fly across the ditch.

  • Hemant on January 23, 2016, 21:28 GMT

    Boof has DVT and is being relieved temporarily by De VenuTo .. irony in letters there

  • Ahmed Naseef Chowdhury on January 23, 2016, 20:32 GMT

    get well soon Boof, you have our prayers with you.

  • Jackwin on January 23, 2016, 18:24 GMT

    @Drew12....Please don't take it lightly....the 'clot in the lung' you so casually refer to is a condition called 'Pulmonary Embolism' which can happen if a DVT is not treated appropriately, adequately and in time....Infact(not to scare you and I wish/hope your GP had told you earlier) PE is one of the leading causes of sudden death! Hope Boof gets well soon and you take care of yourself Mr. Drew!

  • John on January 23, 2016, 17:49 GMT

    I wish him all the best. Can't help observing that some lifestyle changes might be beneficial to his health. At 45 he's still a young man and needs to think of his and his family's future. Get well soon.

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