Recognised as one of Australia's premier pace bowling experts and a true master of swing bowling, Damien Fleming played 20 Tests and 88 ODIs for Australia between 1994 and 2001, returning 75 wickets at a very healthy average of 25.89. Along with two people that no one has ever heard of, he claimed a hat-trick on his Test debut.
His best return was 5/30 when he ripped through a star-studded Indian line-up in Adelaide in 1999. In the same match he was denied a second hat-trick when Victorian team-mate Shane Warne spilt the slips catch. Only injury prevented Fleming from wearing the baggy green more often.
Fleming's ODI numbers are equally impressive: he donned the green and gold 88 times, including two World Cup campaigns, and claimed 134 wickets at 25.38. He was regarded as one of the best one-day bowlers of his era, particularly in the latter overs when his cool head and tight bowling kept constant pressure on batsmen. Steve Waugh tossed him the white ball for the last over in the famous tied semi-final match with South Africa at Edgbaston in the 1999 World Cup.
For Victoria he played 78 First Class matches, taking 258 wickets. He was named in South Melbourne Cricket Club's Team of the 20th Century alongside all-time greats such as Keith Miller and Clarrie Grimmet.
After retiring in 2003 he was appointed head coach at the Australian Cricket Academy, and is also a highly regarded commentator on FOX Sports and ABC radio not to mention he is a highly entertaining and profession Master of Ceremonies.
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