Cricket: Stricken Aussie coach to rejoin side

Australian coach Darren Lehmann missed the first ODI against New Zealand. Photo / Getty
Australian coach Darren Lehmann missed the first ODI against New Zealand. Photo / Getty

Darren Lehmann is set to join the Australian camp in Wellington as early as Saturday in a major boost to the team's chances of turning their fortunes in New Zealand around.

It's expected the coach will be given the green light to fly after spending more than two weeks stranded in Sydney recovering from a deep vein thrombosis scare.

Players last night led a heart-to-heart chat in the Australian dressing rooms following their 159-run pasting at the hands of the Black Caps, but if ever there was a situation where the team needed its coach it's now.

Lehmann's presence around the group could be crucial in helping rebuild confidence ahead of a high-stakes Test tour where Australia will be vying for the world No.1 Test ranking.

It may be more coincidence than anything else, but the facts are Australia has lost four straight matches since Lehmann was first admitted to hospital in Sydney.

Lehmann was confident last week that he would soon re-join his troops and isn't expecting any long-term complications to come from his DVT.

The 45-year-old has been on blood-thinning medication and has been encouraged to walk as much as possible.

-news.com.au

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