Darren Lehmann, who had missed the latter part of India’s tour of Australia and Australia’s first ODI against New Zealand after being diagnosed with DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), has been given medical clearance to rejoin the Australian squad. Lehmann is now expected to join the squad in Wellington, where the second ODI’s to take place, on Saturday, 6th February.
Furthermore, Lehmann will be in Wellington until the start of the opening test match that is scheduled to be held from 12th- 16th at the same venue. As such, for the third and last one-dayer, it will be Michael di Venuto, who will handle coaching responsibilities for one final time.
Lehmann’s absence in the squad has coincided with a series of defeats for the Australians, including their 3-0 whitewash at the hands of India that saw the visitors take top-place in the T20 team rankings. Most recently, the Australians suffered one of their worst defeats in ODIs against New Zealand in Auckland as they were bundled within 25 overs by the Kiwi bowlers chasing a target of 308 runs.
The Australian skipper Steven Smith has cheered the news about Lehmann rejoining the team though he also added that the team’s recent series of losses were more do with the players’ performances rather than Lehmann’s absence.