#CWC15: Darren Lehmann jets to present son Jake with South Australia cap

Darren Lehmann, Australia’s coach, jetted from Perth to Adelaide to present his son Jake with his South Australia first-class baggy red cap.

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3,000 kilometres travel after a delayed flight and a missed connection, Lehmann then watched Jake make his first-class debut for South Australia against Victoria at the Gliderol Stadium in Adelaide.

Lehmann made the journey the day after Australia had beaten Afghanistan by 275 runs after being told of his son’s selection on Wednesday morning. He arrived at the ground with minutes to spare.

After Victoria won the toss and elected to bat, Lehmann snr took the opportunity to grab some sleep.

“It was a very memorable moment,” Lehmann told cricket.com.au. “He’s done all the hard work and he deserves the opportunity so now it’s up to him to do the rest.

“I’m proud for the whole family. It’s all the hard work he’s put in.

“I’m very proud and excited for him. He’s got a career ahead and now it’s up to him to make the most of it.”

Lehmann plans to remain in Adelaide for some of day two of the game as he hopes to watch Jake bat. He will then link up with the Australian team ahead of their crucial Cricket World Cup clash against Sri Lanka in Sydney on Sunday.

Jake made his state debut in the Matador One-Day Cup in October, scoring 54 runs in three innings.He was called into the Redbacks squad after producing some strong performances for his grade side East Torrens, coached by his father’s former coach Wayne Bradbrook.

He made 78 not out in the Eastern Reds’ historic victory in the West End One Day Cup two weeks ago.

“He’s been getting lots of starts without pushing on and getting a big score,” his father said. “He’s been batting quite well and … apparently played really well in the final and he played well in the second XI as well for South Australia.

“So that’s how he’s got his opportunity so now it’s a case for him to enjoy it and lap up the moment and also play well.”

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