Lehmann may stay grounded for NZ trip

Australian coach Darren Lehmann will have to stay at home as Australia tries to secure the No.1 Test ranking on the coming Tour of New Zealand unless he gets a medical clearance to fly.

Out of hospital after having treatment for deep vein thrombosis, Lehmann told reporters he was eager to reunite with the team which has just lost the T20 series against India.

"For me, it's just about hopefully get medical clearance later on in the week and see where we go from there and join the New Zealand crew," he said.

"But until medical clearance comes through that I can fly, I'll have to wait and see."

It was the second time Lehmann has had DVT following an instance in 2007.

"I've had it before so I knew straightaway what was going to happen. It was straight to hospital and then in overnight and straight onto the thinning tablets," he said.

"It's a case of getting the blood right. Having been through it before you know what's happening.

"The specialists are pretty comfortable they'll get it under control."

Lehmann said he welcomed the news former captain Michael Clarke was about to make a return to grade cricket in Sydney, saying the 34-year-old could still make an invaluable contribution to the game.

"It's great to have one of the greats back," the coach said.

"He's obviously missed the game. He loves the game. I'm pleased for him to come back.

"It's good to have those guys back that have been greats of the game. He'll be great for the young guys in whatever format, and teach them how to play the game."

Lehmann said Clarke, who stepped down after last year's disastrous Ashes tour to England, needed to "fall in love with the game again", adding he would not be fast-tracked back into the international arena.

"He'll have to score some runs, as everyone else does," the coach said.

Appearing on Channel Nine, Clarke said he was only looking as far ahead as playing for Western Suburbs in the Sydney grade competition.

"Obviously I've seen the papers today, and it says I'm coming back to play cricket for Australia and all sorts of things," he said.

"But my focus right now - I haven't picked up a bat for five months since I retired from international cricket - but Wests asked me to play, and I can't wait, so that is my focus right now."

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