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    Damien Fleming retires

    From baggygreen.com.au

    Fleming joins Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy coaching staff
    Australian Cricket Board - 22 May 2003


    The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) today announced the appointment of former Australian player Damien Fleming to the coaching staff at the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy (CBCA).

    Fleming will take up a two-year contract as a senior coach at the CBCA, replacing Wayne Phillips, who resigned from the position earlier this month to assume the head coaching role with the Southern Redbacks

    The appointment also brings an end to Fleming's decorated playing career, having been released from the final year of his contract with the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA). Fleming joined the Redbacks from Victoria for the 2002-03 domestic season, playing just five games before suffering a serious shoulder injury.

    Fleming will join head coach Bennett King and fellow senior coaches John Harmer and David Moore at the academy's Adelaide base.

    He will be responsible for all aspects of academy coaching, working closely with the academy's overseas program and Dennis Lillee's Pace Australia program.

    ACB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) James Sutherland said the appointment of Fleming to the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy coaching staff would benefit Australian cricket.

    "Damien has great record as a successful first class cricketer over many years," Mr Sutherland said.

    "Damien's recent experiences with the Australian team will hold him in good stead as he works with the cream of our cricketing youth.

    "The Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy is the finishing school for our talented young elite cricketers, so it will benefit them to have contact with recently retired international players such as Damien who can share their experiences and knowledge."

    While disappointed to lose such an experienced and valued player, SACA CEO Mike Deare said Fleming had the association's best wishes and full support.

    "The SACA is extremely sad to see Damien not fulfil his dream of playing for the Redbacks next season, after he worked so hard to rehabilitate following shoulder surgery," Mr Deare said.

    "Although we are disappointed he won't be a part of South Australia's bowling attack next season, Damien takes up this role with our very best wishes and complete support.

    "We know that cricket coaching is a career path he has always wanted to follow and these sorts of opportunities need to be taken when they come along.

    "Damien has been an inspirational leader to have around Adelaide Oval and a player who has made an immense contribution to Australian cricket."

    Director of the AIS Mr Michael Scott said the appointment of Fleming to the academy's coaching staff is an example of the calibre of coaches the AIS and the ACB seek to recruit.

    "The key to the success of the AIS over the years has been in identifying and recruiting the most talented coaches, domestically or internationally, to get the best out of our athletes,"

    "His recent domestic and international experience as a player combined with his desire to contribute to the next generation of Australia's elite cricketers bodes well for the future of the sport in this country."

    Fleming played 20 Test matches for Australia after making his debut against Pakistan in 1994-95, claiming 75 wickets at an average of 25.89.

    The right-armer was renowned for his steadiness and reliability at the bowling crease, and his hat-trick against Pakistan on debut - only the third time in the history of cricket this feat has been achieved.

    Fleming was also a key member of Australia's one-day international team, playing 88 matches including the 1999 World Cup victory. He will also be remembered for his composed bowling in the final overs of World Cup semi finals in 1996 and 1999 against the West Indies and Pakistan respectively.

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    Damian Fleming was a realy champion IMO.

    He was an outstanding bowler and it's a pitty injureys have cripeled his carear. he owuld still be in the aussie team At the moment if not for injurey I personaly beleve.

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    Flem has always been one of my favourite players and I will be saddened to see him go...

    I wish him all the best for the future!
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    Sad to see him go, I wish he had been given more of an oppertunity when he came over for the Ashes as I think he would have done a much better job than Lee in the Tests.
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    Originally posted by Rik
    Sad to see him go, I wish he had been given more of an oppertunity when he came over for the Ashes as I think he would have done a much better job than Lee in the Tests.
    Yeah you would have though the selectors would have given Flem a go by the 4th test with Lee in poor form.
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    Originally posted by Eclipse
    Yeah you would have though the selectors would have given Flem a go by the 4th test with Lee is poor form.
    Errrm...now in the English version?

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    Originally posted by Rik
    Errrm...now in the English version?
    what?

    I dont see what's so hard to understand about that I though It was pritty clear what exactly dont you understand?

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    I cant beleve you are so Picky Rik so I used an S on accedent instead of an N.

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    Originally posted by Eclipse
    I cant beleve you are so Picky Rik so I used an S on accedent instead of an N.
    It just didn't make sense, so could you rephrase it?

    Also what are you on about with "S instead of an N"?

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    Sad to see him go, he could get into any other XI in the world without question, just a pity for him that he had to compete with the likes of McGrath, Gillespie, Bichel and Lee..

    Wish him luck with his future career..
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    I've always held Fleming in the highest of admiration for the great bowler that he is. But with the recent burst of discoveries by the Aussies, his chances of ever getting back into the Aussie team have been lower. But I still feel it's a fine career ruined

    I'd say he's better than any bowler the Aussies could put out on a test field, barring McGrath. In the ODIs, maybe Lee also.

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    Fleming was a super bowler, a wicked outswinger, the most difficult delivery for batsmen if bowled correctly IMO (the leg cutter too I guess).

    A bit of a Bruce Reid sundrome for Fleming I guess, very gifted, but too many injuries, and at times got the axe a bit too often.

    Reminded me of Aaqib Javed, with that outswinger.

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    Originally posted by Rik
    It just didn't make sense, so could you rephrase it?

    Also what are you on about with "S instead of an N"?
    Because I wrote "with Lee is poor form. " on accedent instead of "with Lee in poor form"


    No I wont rephrase it if you cant work it out thats your problem I dont see anyone else complaining.

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    Originally posted by Rik
    It just didn't make sense, so could you rephrase it?
    I read it and didn't even notice a typo. Made perfect sense to me.
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    It was a good decision for Fleming to retire now. He had a disasterous year. I wouldn't rate him as highly as some of the others on this thread. He was solid and a particularly good one day bowler. His batting was also underrated. I would put him on par with Bichel and Reiffel as far as recent performers go.

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