JLT Sheffield Shield 2017-18

Test talk off the table for Lehmanns

Redbacks batsman says discussions with father and national coach Darren have steered away from Ashes selection


08 November 2017, 05:52 PM

Emerging batsman Jake Lehmann and his dad, Australian coach Darren Lehmann, refuse to discuss his Test prospects.

Lehmann shot into the Ashes selection frame by making 103 and 93 for South Australia against Victoria in the just-completed Sheffield Shield game.

But he and his father dodged the subject of Test selection when they caught up after the game finished on Tuesday in Melbourne.

Lehmann carves out sensational ton

"I saw the old man last night; he was at the Melbourne Cup having a couple of frothies so he was all good," Jake Lehmann told reporters on Wednesday in Adelaide.

"We actually had no conversations about it at all last night.

"Coops (SA teammate Tom Cooper) dropped a couple of little questions in there but there was no responses at all - it was a pretty clean slate."

The 25-year-old stroke player has a long-standing arrangement with his father.

"We have come to pretty much an agreement that ... you go to cricket and cricket stays there," he said.

"And when you come home, it's just family. He's the old man and I'm his son so it's just normal."

Lehmann adds 93 to go with first-innings century

Lehmann said he hadn't given much thought to his claims for Australia's disputed No.6 batting slot for the first Test against England starting on November 23.

"There has been a lot of talk about it ... but it is what it is," he said.

"And until that (Test selection) actually happens, you never actually know. So we'll see what happens.

"If you're not thinking about playing for Australia or pushing to play for Australia, you're not playing state cricket for the right reasons.

"There is always thought processes about that.

"But I still just think you rock up every day and, if you're good enough, eventually you will get enough runs and you will get a game."

2017-18 International Fixtures:

Magellan Ashes Series

First Test Gabba, November 23-27. Buy tickets

Second Test Adelaide Oval, December 2-6 (Day-Night). Buy tickets

Third Test WACA Ground, December 14-18. Buy tickets

Fourth Test MCG, December 26-30. Buy tickets

Fifth Test SCG, January 4-8 (Pink Test). Buy tickets

Gillette ODI Series v England

First ODI MCG, January 14. Buy tickets

Second ODI Gabba, January 19. Buy tickets

Third ODI SCG, January 21. Buy tickets

Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26. Buy tickets

Fifth ODI Perth TBC, January 28. Join the ACF

Prime Minister's XI

PM's XI v England Manuka Oval, February 2. Buy tickets

Gillette T20 INTL Series

First T20I Australia v NZ, SCG, February 3. Buy tickets

Second T20I – Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7. Buy tickets

Third T20I – Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Buy tickets

Fourth T20I – NZ v England, Wellington, February 13

Fifth T20I – NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16

Sixth T20I – NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18

Final – TBC, Eden Park, February 21