The Casey-South Melbourne Cricket Club is thrilled and excited to have the great Damien Fleming signed on as High Performance Consultant for season 2020/21.
Damien Fleming played 108 matches for Australia 1994-2001. Under the captaincy of Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting during an incredibly successful period in Australian cricket. He famously took a hat trick on debut against Pakistan.
Damien’s looping outswing delivered from a smooth, high action perfectly complemented the bowling of Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie. He became even more devastating after cutting his run-up as a result of on-going injury, and would have had another hat-trick if Shane Warne had not dropped a straightforward slip catch in Adelaide during the 1999-00 summer.
Injuries finally took their toll after 10 years at the top, and in 2003 Fleming retired to take up a coaching role at the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide. Since then “Flem” has been a much loved commentator with Channel 10’s Big Bash coverage and most recently with the Seven Network. He is also the host of the Bowlogogy podcast and author of the book Bowlogogy.
Shaun Petrie President says, “ Damien has always been very generous with his time in the past. He has regularly appeared at club functions in guest speaking roles and he’s always been available at training sessions with our own Damian Fleming Academy (Our Junior Development Program). This latest signing formalises an agreement that will see Fleming officially appointed as a High Performance Consultant where he’ll be spending considerably more time addressing the senior playing group, conducting small group training sessions with our established and promising quicks and an ongoing commitment to our Damian Fleming Academy.
We’re so lucky to have Flem involved. He’s a very generous guy, this just shows the passion he has for CSMCC and the development of young promising talent. Imagine being a young up and comer at our club and getting to talk cricket, tactics, and keys to success with someone of the calibre of Damien Fleming. He’s not just a famous name, he’s an extraordinarily good cricket coach. Flem also knows what’s required to get selected for Victoria. He’ll be an amazing resource for the club and our players”.
Brian Keogh Head Coach says “ From an on-field perspective it will great to have Flem around more. He is a legend of our club and admired by all of our players, coaches and other stakeholders. Apart from Flem’s expertise in coaching which speaks for itself, he will be a great mentor and sounding board for our young leaders along with all of our coaches. Flem is great fun to be around and will add enormously to our club in lots of different areas.”
Damien Fleming says “I’m delighted to be back involved at Casey South Melbourne in what are exciting times for the club. Having played for “the Bloods” for 17 summers I’m very passionate about getting stuck into my role and helping the next generation of CSM cricketers.
“I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with all players and Coaches , and passing on all the knowledge I’ve learnt playing in successful Australian and Victorian cricket teams as we strive for success across all our teams.”