Sydney - Australia coach Darren Lehmann
said on Thursday he cannot see himself continuing in the demanding role beyond
2019 with a recent bout of deep vein thrombosis proving a "reality
He was admitted to a Sydney hospital on
January 23 with a swollen calf, where the blood clot was diagnosed.
Lehmann was forced to miss Australia's
Twenty20 series against India and the one-day international tour of New Zealand
before being given the all-clear to join the on-going Test series against the
He said the scare was a wake-up call, with
the 46-year-old still on medication and forced to wear a compression stocking
Lehmann, who took over from Mickey Arthur
in 2013, has been reluctant in the past to set an end date to his tenure but
now says he cannot see himself doing the job beyond the 2019 Ashes, with the
constant travelling taking a toll.
"I think a shelf life if you have
success is four to six years," he told the Sydney Morning Herald, of a
role that requires him to be away from home for 300 days a year.
John Buchanan did the job for eight years
between 1999-2007, but Lehmann said it was different now.
"I don't think you could do that now;
the job's gotten bigger and bigger," he said.
"You're travelling that much now and
you don't get a break because you normally don't get injured. You're on the
road the whole time.
"If I got to 2019 that'd be six years.
I couldn't see myself going past that at all. I think my wife would kill me if
I went past that."
The blood clot has seen Lehmann re-think
his diet and lifestyle.
"It's like everything you get with
those difficult situations, you get a reality check," he said.
"You take stock of where you want to
get to and what you want to do and all those sorts of things.
"It's really just making sure you live
a better lifestyle (rather) than sitting in bars - and having conversations
over water or peppermint tea.
"Just trying to work through those
issues with diet and the regime of travelling day in, day out. But I feel good,
it's just one of those things that happens."