Darren Lehmann announces retirement from first class cricket

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New Delhi, Nov 19 (UNI) Former Australian Test cricketer Darren Lehmann has announced his retirement from First Class cricket.

Lehmann announced his decision while addressing a press conference at the Adelaide Oval yesterday.

The left-handed batsman, who was a part of the Australian Squad which won the World Cup in 1999, is currently playing for South Australia (SA).

Lehmann cited injuries as the main reason behind his decision.

''I think I'm playing well enough at this level still, but the injuries are just getting too much, it's getting harder to get out of bed in the morning to start with.'' ''It became pretty clear in pre-season that I was going to struggle (to play consistently), I'm pretty much on the bench with (team physio) John Porter most days, trying to get out there and play some cricket,'' he added.

He denied that he'd been asked to quit by the South Australian Cricket Association, despite being involved in a lengthy meeting with SACA chief executive Mike Deare on Friday that concluded with the planning of today's announcement.

Lehmann made his debut in first class cricket for SA as a 17-year-old in 1987-88. He played 27 Tests for Australia plus 117 one-day internationals.

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