Australia in New Zealand 2016 February 4, 2016

Lehmann to join squad in New Zealand

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Darren Lehmann was hospitalised with deep-vein thrombosis ahead of the final ODI against India last month Andrew Matthews / © PA Photos

Australia's coach Darren Lehmann will join the squad in New Zealand after being cleared to travel following his diagnosis with deep-vein thrombosis. On Saturday afternoon, Lehmann will arrive in Wellington, where the Australians will be playing the second ODI that day, and he will remain in the city until the first Test, which starts there on Friday next week.

Michael di Venuto, who has been acting coach in Lehmann's absence, will remain in that role for the third and final ODI in Hamilton on Monday. Lehmann was hospitalised in Sydney before the fifth ODI against India last month, and Australia have not won a match since then: they lost the Sydney ODI, the three T20s against India, and the first ODI against New Zealand in Auckland on Wednesday.

"We'd love to have our coach here," captain Steven Smith said after the Auckland defeat. "There's no doubt about that. He's unwell at the moment obviously and he'll be back soon enough. So we've got to move on, I don't think today was him to blame. It was certainly the players. We didn't adapt well enough and we were outplayed."

Although Australia were clearly outplayed in Auckland, they did not help themselves by neglecting to ask for a review for an lbw decision early in their chase, when David Warner was given out to a ball that was clearly sailing over the top of the stumps. Initially it appeared that Warner's batting partner George Bailey advised him against asking for a review, but Bailey said on Thursday that was not the case.

"I said, 'What did it feel like?' And he said, 'High'. So I said, 'Go for it'. And he turned around and walked off," Bailey said on radio station RSN. "So, I don't really know what more he wants from my end."

Bailey said after his own dismissal he had discussed the incident in the rooms with Warner.

"He said, 'I wasn't that confident in what you said'. I said 'I'm not really sure what you're after'," Bailey said. "I can't be any more explicit than saying 'go for it' ... You know, I reckon, if you're out or even if it's close and it's up to you to make that call."

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  •   Allen Cooper on February 5, 2016, 15:44 GMT

    Game 2 is a massive game. If NZ win, they will be favourites going into the test series and rightly so.

  • Havealendofitind on February 5, 2016, 15:18 GMT

    Lehmann being back will bring the Aussies back up to their 3rd string side, expecting a much better performance. I'd bring Voges in for Maxwell for extra preparation plus he can bowl better than Maxwell.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on February 5, 2016, 7:33 GMT

    Aussies bowling is the biggest problem in my mind. For the most part the batting is ok. But the bowlers just aren't doing the job and aren't facing the consequences for their poor performances. Boland for instance got many games in a row whilst taking only a single wicket. Hastings has been a godsend and is seemingly the only one capable of keeping runs down. Mitch Johnson should've stayed around for limited overs games as he is sorely missed. Watson has to come in for some control. These young bowlers just aren't up to it as present. The only one worth injury free and worthy of selection is Hazlewood.

  • hris on February 5, 2016, 5:37 GMT

    @IAIN CJ Ask anyone around the world who would you rather have Starc vs Southee or even Boult for that matter. Starc is easily the best ODI bowler in the world, no one comes close. Cummins has a much better record than Milne, so yeah he's a big loss as well as for the super quicks. We are also missing NCN who's among our top 4 ODI bowlers. McClenaghan is actually is bigger loss than Southee. He's an impressive odi/t20 bowler. I couldn't care less about missing Finch as Khawaja and S Marsh are better than him anyway. Regarding Boof's return, as Bailey said - won't make much of a difference.

  • Paul_Rampley on February 5, 2016, 2:28 GMT

    Good luch boof, best coach in world cricket, we are missing you

  •   Grant Fisher on February 5, 2016, 1:47 GMT

    Boof should make a huge difference to Aus performance as he is clearly a 1st string coach and Di Venuto is probably 8th or 9th string

  • kiwiinauz on February 5, 2016, 1:41 GMT

    You have to accept that Australia are missing their best bowlers at the moment, and Starc in particular would definitely be troubling all of the Kiwi batsmen in the ODIs. still, we are missing Southee who I still really rate, though he has been out of sorts, and Taylor ( who I think is on the decline, but still one of our best batsmen). I reckon we will win the ODI series 2-1 and the Test series 1-0.

  •   Iain Cj on February 4, 2016, 19:56 GMT

    Hearing an awful lot about Australia's weakened team, without the likes of; Starc, Cummins, Finch, and even Watson (sensing some irony). Cummins is not even a proven force in ODI cricket after just 18 internationals - leaving Starc and Finch missing. Yet, I'm not hearing a lot about NZ missing two of their core team members Taylor and Southee - must be a 3rd string NZ side too I guess?

  • Distant_Observer on February 4, 2016, 19:47 GMT

    Read the headline and hoped it meant "as part of the XI".

  • Marcio on February 4, 2016, 18:11 GMT

    You have to laugh at the sheer myopic silliness of so many comments around here after one loss by the Australian team. You do realise that teams lose games, don't you? Australia has won 80% of their games in ODI cricket in the past year, waaaaay more the anyone else, won the World Cup, won their overseas series, are miles ahead on the rankings table, and we have posters writing as if this loss defines their capacities, instead of being the obvious anomaly that it is. It simply defies all logic or reason. Check the rankings, dudes! Australia is ranked one by a count mile, not fifteen, like you are trying to make out! If you think a team with this many quality players is suddenly going to become a bad team you are simply dreaming. It will dominate for the next five years in this format. The injured players like Starc, Faulkner, Cummins, Finch, Khawaja will soon be back. Heck, Khawaja is already back! Looks like that recent 67% away winning ratio is about to get even better.

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