The months leading up to spring and summer fill Redbacks/Strikers player Jake Lehmann with anticipation. “It was a full on winter for us,” he says. “Any time you get to go outside after being stuck inside for the past three or four months is fun. The boys really lift and everything becomes enjoyable.”
When he’s not putting bat to ball, Jake can usually be found on a fishing boat off the coast of Yorke Peninsula or chasing tuna near Victor Harbor. Mostly though, his mind is on the game. Cricket is in his blood. His dad is Australian coach Darren ‘Boof’ Lehmann and Jake is also the nephew of former English player Craig White. “I got to see a lot of what [Dad] did and experience lots of different things: travelling around Australia and the world, going to Boxing Day Test matches, meeting Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Michael Clarke – all these people who are famous worldwide. It was a great experience and I fell in love with the game. I feel very privileged to do what I do.”
Jake was born in Melbourne when his dad was playing for Cricket Victoria. “He eventually came back to SA and finished his cricket career here.” Jake went to high school and university on local turf. “I’m the only one left in SA – everyone else has gone off to do their own thing in different states. I love South Australia and wouldn’t be anywhere else.”
The 25 year old made his Twenty20 debut for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League on 5 January 2016.
Competing in front of 50,000 people during New Year’s Eve Strikers games is a buzz.
“I don’t think you get a better crowd anywhere else than Adelaide.”
Jake enjoyed donning dapper clobber for Fritz magazine’s fashion shoot (he has a particular thing for jackets and rare sunnies). In celebration of spring, we took him back to his childhood for a shoot of the festive kind at Stardust Castle, the warehouse home to Credit Union Christmas Pageant floats. It is a mind-boggling place, especially as preparations gear up for the event on 18 November. “I didn’t really know what I was walking into.” He laughs. “I thought the pageant was something people made their own floats for and just drove them in the parade through the city. To walk in here and see all the floats lined up and people working on them all year round… wow.”
Photos: Jacqui Way
Photo Assistant: Sam Roberts
Styling: Cristina Tridente
Styling assistants: Tahlia Strawbridge and Melissa Barnes
Hair and make-up: Samantha Vlassis
Big Bash League (BBL) season kicks off on 9 December and continues until 28 January. Adelaide Strikers’ first home match is 22 December against Sydney Thunder. Highlights include The New Year’s Eve double-header at Adelaide Oval. The best way to support the lads is to put your bum on a seat. The Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) is a cracker, too.
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