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Darren Lehmann : biography

5 February 1970 -

Darren Scott Lehmann (born 5 February 1970) is a former Australian cricketer and the current coach of the Australian cricket team. Lehmann made his ODI debut in 1996 and Test debut in 1998. He was on the fringes of national selection for the entirety of the 1990s, and only became a regular in the ODI team in 2001 and Test team in late 2002, before being dropped in early 2005. Primarily an aggressive left-handed batsman, Lehmann was also a part-time left arm orthodox bowler, and was known for his disregard for physical fitness and modern dietary regimes. He announced his retirement from first-class cricket in November 2007. BBC News retrieved 19 November 2007 He was coach of the Deccan Chargers, an IPL team from 2009 to 2012 and currently is the coach of Kings XI Punjab IPL team. He coached Queensland during the 2010/11 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash in place of Trevor Barsby, who had resigned. In June 2013, Lehmann replaced Mickey Arthur as the coach of the Australian cricket team, only two weeks before the 2013 Ashes series."". (24 June 2013) Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 June 2013.


Lehmann’s batting technique was quite unconventional; taking guard outside leg stump, and, just before a ball was bowled, stepping back and across toward and sometimes past off stump. This peculiar technique meant that if the ball was short in pitch, he did not need to step back any further. Lehmann was noted for his play against spin, and was a useful left-arm orthodox spinner himself, as evidenced by his match figures of 6/92 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2004. He was relatively accurate, but had little ability to turn the ball and used a flat trajectory.


Test centuries

Test match centuries of Darren Lehmann
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 160 10 West Indies}} Georgetown, Guyana Bourda 2003 Win
2 110 13 BAN}} Darwin, Australia Marrara Oval 2003 Win
3 177 14 BAN}} Cairns, Australia Cazaly's Stadium 2003 Win
4 129 16 Sri Lanka}} Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2004 Win
5 153 18 Sri Lanka}} Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club 2004 Win

ODI centuries

ODI centuries of Darren Lehmann
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 103 26 PAK}} Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 1998 Win
2 110* 40 West Indies}} St George's, Grenada Queen's Park 1999 Win
3 119 84 Sri Lanka}} Perth, Australia WACA Ground 2002 Win
4 107 98 West Indies}} St George's, Grenada Queen's Park 2003 Loss

Struggle to make the Australian side

Lehmann had only limited opportunities at the international level. His body shape, relative lack of fitness and physical condition, while never dulling his run-scoring capabilities, meant he was never a favourite of the Australian hierarchy, and notably never saw eye-to-eye with former coach Bob Simpson in the early-mid-1990s. Simpson was regarded as one of the best fielders to have played the game, and was renowned for his heavy emphasis on fielding and fitness, the weakest aspects of Lehmann's game.

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