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Lehmann returns for ODI duty

Darren Lehmann was named in Australia's 14-man squad for this month's triangular series against Pakistan and West Indies.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Sydney
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2005 08:37 PM IST

Darren Lehmann was given the backing of the chief of selectors on Saturday after being named in Australia's 14-man squad for this month's triangular one-day cricket series against Pakistan and West Indies.

The worst was feared for 34-year-old Lehmann when he was left out of Australia's winning third Test side against Pakistan last weekend after a run of low scores, but he was there when the one-day squad was announced on Saturday.

"Having him in our one-day squad, he virtually picked himself," chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said.

"He did so well against New Zealand recently and he's done very, very well for us.

"He's also a very highly thought of senior player within the group, he's helped (captain) Ricky Ponting enormously over a period of time now.

"He looks after the young fellas so right now we didn't think it was necessary to move on from him in the one-day game."

Lehmann, who turns 35 next month, was overlooked in favour of the much younger allrounder Shane Watson for the final Test against Pakistan.

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