Picture of Darren Lehmann

Darren Lehmann

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Slow left-arm orthodox
Played for:
Australia, South Australia, Australia A, WA Combined XI, Yorkshire, Rajasthan, Victoria, Australian XI
Roles played:
Home country:
February 05, 1970, Gawler


An unconventional left-handed batsman and a useful left-arm spin bowler, Darren Lehmann was seen as a terrific run-scorer at the domestic level for South Australia as well as international level for Australia. His batting technique was unique: taking guard outside leg stump and just before a ball was bowled, stepping back. This helped him face short-pitched deliveries with ease. However, his disregard for physical fitness with a bulkily built body was never appreciated in Australian cricket.

The aggressive batsman kept mounting runs and creating records. Lehmann reached the landmark of playing more first-class games and scoring more runs than any other Australian before making his Test debut, until Michael Hussey surpassed it. He averages 57.83 in first-class cricket, which explains the tremendous potential he possesses.

“Boof” as he is nicknamed, was on the fringes of national selection throughout the 1990’s and ultimately made his ODI and Test debut in 1996 and 1998 respectively. Despite his shortcomings on field, he had the opportunity to hit the winning runs for his team in the 1999 Cricket World Cup and was an integral part of the side in the next World Cup. After a tumultuous career ride, Lehmann retired from international cricket in 2007.

Post retirement, Lehmann participated in the Indian T20 league and represented Rajasthan. Later, he took up coaching and was named head coach of Hyderabad in the 2009 edition and he continued till 2012 before moving onto coach Punjab. 16 days prior to the start of the 2013 Ashes in England, Darren Lehmann was appointed as the coach of the Australian side, replacing Mickey Arthur.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 27 42 1798 2 44.95 61.80 5 10 177
ODI 117 101 3078 22 38.96 81.34 4 17 119
IPL 2 2 18 0 9.00 100.00 0 0 17
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 27 25 974 412 15 3/42 / 27.46 2.53 0 0 0 0
ODI 117 62 1793 1445 52 4/7 / 27.78 4.83 1 0 0 17
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 11 0 2
ODI 26 0 8


Australia Vs India at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Mar 25, 1998
Last played:
Australia Vs Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Victoria - Dec 26, 2004
Australia Vs Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium (Khettarama), Colombo - Aug 30, 1996
Last played:
Australia Vs Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Feb 06, 2005
Rajasthan Vs Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Rajasthan Vs Punjab at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur - Apr 21, 2008