Damien William Fleming is a former Australian professional cricket player who was born on 24 April 1970 in Bentley, Western Australia.
He played for Australia between 1994 and 2001 and his role in the team was as a bowler who could bat too.
He bowled right-arm fast-medium and batted right-handed.
His splendid performance in school cricket helped him to make place in Victoria Cricket Team at the age of 19 and he made his first class debut against Western Australia.
In his debut match, he took 6 wickets for 37 runs and compelled people to consider him as an upcoming star.
Fleming was also named in the prestigious Casey-South Melbourne Cricket Club’s team of 20th century, which consisted some great names such as Bill Woodfull, Keith Miller and Clarrie Grimmett.
He also represented Warwickshire County Cricket Club but for one year only in 2002 as his injury prone body (which was also responsible for shortening his international career) did not allow him to play more.
In 1993, he was named in the Australian team to play a series against South Africa and on 16 January 1994, he made his ODI debut.
Before making his Test debut, he had established himself as a regular member of Australia's ODI team.
On 5 October 1994, he debuted in Test cricket against Pakistan in style and became only the third player to take a hat trick on his debut.
Rise to Glory
Fleming’s career best came in the season of 1990-2000, when he took 31 wickets in just 6 Tests against two subcontinent countries, India and Pakistan.
In December 1999, Shane Warne blundered at the slip cordon and denied Fleming his second hat trick.
Despite having such nice statistics in Tests, he was often considered a ODI death-over specialist owing to his splendid economy rate.
In the semifinal of 1996 World Cup, West Indies needed just 6 runs to win in the remaining last 5 balls. Australian fans had almost lost the hope but Fleming cleaned out Courtney Walsh and took his team into the finals.
Something similar happened in 1999 World Cup semi-final final when South Africa could not make required 1 run in his over.
It was the same game in which Allan Donald and Lance Klusener’s brain-fade had made Allan Donald run out.
In 2002, he was signed by English County Cricket Club, Warwickshire.
He also played for South Australia in List-A cricket. Overall he played 153 List-A fixtures and claimed 219 wickets at an average of 25.46.
Fleming's Record in Numbers
Fleming is the only third player alongside Maurice Allom and Peter Petherick, to take a hat trick on debut.
Though his injuries made his career shorter than expected, his stats are amazing. In 20 Tests, he took 75 wickets at an average of 25.89 which include 3 five-wicket hauls.
In ODIs, he represented Australia in 88 fixtures and claimed 134 wickets at 25.38.
After his retirement in 2003 from all cricket including List-A and first-class cricket, he was appointed the head coach of Australian Cricket Academy.
During his tenure as head coach, he started working on his Bowlology Theory. Popular for his wicked humour and witty speeches, he currently serves as commentator for commentator for ABC Radio Grandstand, Channel Ten and Fox Sports in both domestic as well as International fixtures.