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Lehmann out to win every game

Darren Lehmann insists he will not follow England's model and rotate his squad for the forthcoming one-day tour to India.

Australia play one Twenty20 match on October 10 and then seven 50-over games on the trip and Lehmann says he will be aiming to win every one.

With big names such as Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook and Graeme Swann rested for the one-dayers in England, Australia beat the hosts 2-1 winning in Manchester and Southampton but losing in Cardiff.

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But Lehmann says Australia will not be going down that road on the subcontinent and will be playing the best available.

"I don't really care what England do - that is their choice," Australian coach Lehmann told AAP.

"From our point of view we are out to win every game we play and we achieved that goal of winning the series. It would have been nice to win in Cardiff as well - that was a disappointing result for us - but I am pleased with the series result.

"I am only one selector but we will be picking the best team we can every time."

Michael Clarke is expected to tour despite the looming home Ashes series and the flare-up in his long-standing back condition that threatened his availability for the last one-dayer.

The captain played and scored 75 in the series clinching win in Southampton on Monday and will be checked out by doctors when he returns to Australia but if he is fit Lehmann will pick him.

"That is up to the medicos - we are guided by them," he added.

"He will go home and get scans or whatever he has to do and then if he is not 100 per cent fit we have to wait and see.

"Today he said he was fit to go and you take his word on that. Well get back home and check it with the medics and see how he goes from there.

"He has had it for a long time. I am pretty pleased he got through the series albeit very lucky to play today but he played and led well."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia.

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