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Darren Lehmann

Two weeks prior to the 2013 Ashes Test Series Darren Lehmann was appointed head coach for the Australian cricket team. He will bring the same attitude to the Australian coaching role as he did his own cricket, to play hard, respect the game and...

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Darren Lehmann's Biography

Two weeks prior to the 2013 Ashes Test Series Darren Lehmann was appointed head coach for the Australian cricket team. He will bring the same attitude to the Australian coaching role as he did his own cricket, to play hard, respect the game and your opponents, but most importantly enjoy the contest. There are very few recently retired players who have been lauded for his knowledge and appetite for the game of cricket as Darren has and he has continued to make his mark in cricket not only in Australia but around the world.


Since Retirement, Darren took roles with Lion Nathan as a XXXX Gold Ambassador, as an Ambassador for the Fielders Group, as Head Coach at the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy and most recently in charge of the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League. In his first year in charge he took the Chargers from bottom to top – winning the 2009 IPL in South Africa. Success continued in the 2010 IPL with Darren guiding Deccan to the Semi Finals.

Darren was also appointed as the Queensland Bulls T20 Coach for the 2011 Big Bash edition and subsequently offered the full time job of the Queensland Bulls Head Coach and also that role with the new franchise, the Queensland Heat.

A superbly talented player, the stockily-built Darren Lehmann is a free-scoring left-hand batsman, and an underestimated left-arm orthodox spin bowler. As an out-and-out strokeplayer, he treats spectators to an audacious mixture of swashbuckling aggression and deft finesse. From the time that he burst on to the first-class scene in Australia as a 17-year-old in the 1987-88 season, Lehmann has built an imposing record in both his home country and with the county team Yorkshire.

He achieved a telling milestone by playing more first-class games and scoring more runs than any other Australian - until Michael Hussey - before making his Test debut in Bangalore in 1998. His first-class average is well over fifty, and after appearing to have blown the few Test opportunities that came his way, he bucked the trend of youth winning out by establishing himself in the Australian side at 33 with a maiden hundred at Port-of-Spain in his tenth Test, and then two against both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the next 12 months. Named stand-in vice-captain for the 2004 India tour when Ricky Ponting broke his thumb, Lehmann offered to give up his place to Michael Clarke after his amazing debut century at Bangalore, and limped out of the series after the third Test with a torn hamstring.

Lehmann's talents won him far more regular opportunities in Australia's one-day international team, particularly during the late 1990s, and on the restructuring of the country's limited-overs squad in early 2002. In 1999 he had the honour of hitting the winning runs in the World Cup final at Lord's, and was a key member of the side that defended the title four years later, although his entry into the tournament was delayed by a suspension. On the domestic front he was no less effective, and was an integral member of winning Sheffield Shield sides in 1990-91 and 1995-96 and Yorkshire's victorious County Championship team of 2001. He is now the leading run scorer in Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup history and showed his desire had not waned in 2005-06 by piling up 1168 runs at 89.84.

The peak came during a career-best 301 against Western Australia at the Adelaide Oval, an innings that ended with 116 from 87 balls in the second session. Only a late stutter prevented him from challenging Michael Bevan's record for most runs in a season. He quit as the state's captain after the 2006/07 season but he decided to play on in 2007-08 before finally retiring with two sign-off centuries.