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Darren Lehmann to have heart surgery after being taken ill with chest pains

The former Australia coach Darren Lehmann will undergo heart bypass surgery this week after being admitted to hospital with chest pains, Cricket Australia has announced.

Lehmann, who was on the Gold Coast to watch his son Jake captain the Cricket Australia XI against the touring England Lions, was taken to hospital in Brisbane on his 50th birthday.

“Former Australia batsman and coach Darren Lehmann will undergo bypass surgery on Saturday after suffering chest pains on the Gold Coast today,” Cricket Australia said on its website.

Lehmann was appointed to Cricket Australia’s national performance programme in Brisbane after resigning as the head coach in May 2018 saying he was “ultimately responsible for the culture of the team” after the ball-tampering scandal. Recently he coached Brisbane Heat in the 2019 Big Bash League.