Son of a gun: Is Jake Lehmann closing in on an Ashes berth?

Jake Lehmann
08 Nov, 2017 by Liam Sheedy

Jake Lehmann, the son of current Australian coach and legendary cricketer Darren Lehmann, has come into calculations for an unlikely Australian call up against England. The first test at the Gabba begins on November 23rd

The left-hander has not done his chances of selection any harm with his efforts in the last Shield match against Victoria. A superb century in the first innings followed up with a score of 93.

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The majority of the starting eleven for the Gabba test looks like a formality but the battle for the number six spot is wide open with the Redback now in the Ashes selection frame.

Is Jake Lehmann ready?

Jake Lehmann has now scored six centuries at first-class level. Still only 25, the man affectionately nicknamed ‘mini-boof’ is averaging over 40 since his first-class debut in the 2014-15 season.

Glimpses of talent have always been on display with an ability to score quickly. While known for his exploits in Australia, the explosive batsman broadened his horizons in England last year and also scored his maiden century for Yorkshire.

But it was the display of hard hitting and a no fear approach against the Vics that has won many plaudits with South Australia coach Jamie Siddons perhaps predictably leading the charge.

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There’s no batsman around the country who is putting their hand up as much as Jake Lehmann,” said Siddons.

A tough situation for Boof

In the last 12 months the Australian coach has been quizzed on the possibility of his son earning Australian selection. And what may have initially been a tongue in cheek question is now gathering momentum.

I don’t sit in on anything when they (selectors) talk about Jake. I don’t know what they’re saying about Jake. Not involved, and I’d be that nervous anyway I probably wouldn’t be coach, I’d probably just go to the bar.”

Some naysayers are wanting the 25 year-old to display some more consistency before Australian selection. At the moment there are a lot of players out of form. Sometimes timing is everything and  making runs at the right time.

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Accordingly Jake Lehmann may very well be closer than we think in following in his father’s footsteps and donning the baggy green.

by Liam Sheedy – contributor
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