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Boof's cross-country flight for a family first

05 March 2015

A special moment for the Lehmann clan // @WestEndRedbacks

Australia coach makes red-eye dash from Perth to Adelaide to present son Jake with his South Australia first-class cap

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has overcome a delayed flight, a missed connection and more than 3,000 kilometres of travel in just six hours to watch son Jake make his first-class debut for South Australia.

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The morning after Australia had wrapped up a 275-run win over Afghanistan in Perth, Lehmann was at Gliderol Stadium in Adelaide to present his son with his West End Redbacks baggy red cap.

But the Bupa Support Team head coach and all-time leading run scorer in Australian domestic cricket (13,635 @ 54.97) almost didn't make it in time for the special moment.

He had been told of his son's selection on Wednesday morning and hastily made plans to fly to Adelaide after the match at the WACA Ground.

But a delay meant his red-eye flight didn't leave Perth until around 1.30am, which saw him miss the connection from Melbourne to Adelaide.

Thankfully, he managed to board a later flight and arrived at the ground in the beachside suburb of Glenelg just minutes before play was due to start.

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Having received his cap from his father, still clad in his Australia tracksuit, Jake and his Redbacks teammates headed into the field when Victoria won the toss and elected to bat.

So Darren briefly nipped away from the ground to get some well-earned shut eye before returning later in the afternoon.

"It was a very memorable moment," Lehmann told cricket.com.au.

"He's done all the hard work and he deserves the opportunity so now it's up to him to do the rest.

"I'm proud for the whole family. It's all the hard work he's put in.

"I'm very proud and excited for him. He's got a career ahead and now it's up to him to make the most of it."

Lehmann will stay in Adelaide for the early stages of day two before linking up with the Australian team again ahead of their crucial Cricket World Cup clash against Sri Lanka in Sydney on Sunday.

He is hopeful of seeing Jake bat at some stage having missed his son take a catch in the morning session, the 22-year-old judging a high ball well to send Test opener Chris Rogers on his way for 47.

But Victoria's strong start with the bat – they were 1-217 at tea on day one – means it's unlikely Jake, who is listed to bat at No.6, will pad up before lunch on day two.

Jake, a left-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox bowler like his father, made his state debut in the Matador One-Day Cup in October, scoring 54 runs in three innings.

He was called into the Redbacks squad after producing some strong performances for his grade side East Torrens, coached by his father's former coach Wayne Bradbrook.

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The highlight of Lehmann's grade season was an unbeaten innings of 78 in the Eastern Reds' historic victory in the West End One Day Cup two weeks ago.

"He's been getting lots of starts without pushing on and getting a big score," Darren said.

"He's been batting quite well and ... apparently played really well in the final and he played well in the second XI as well for South Australia.

"So that's how he's got his opportunity so now it's a case for him to enjoy it and lap up the moment and also play well."

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Martin Smith is a writer for cricket.com.au. He previously wrote for Yahoo!7 Sport and Fox Sports.