Jake Lehmann unleashes astonishing BACK of the bat shot! Aussie star deliberately deflects ball over the wicketkeeper’s head for four during Marsh Cup Match
- Jake Lehmann played an amazing shot during Marsh One Day Cup match
- He purposely used the back of his bat rather than its face to hit the ball
- The ball flew over the wicketkeeper’s head and raced away to the boundary
Twenty20 World Cup, get ready. There’s a new shot in town. The scoop, the ramp, and the helicopter have all landed on the scene. But the back-flip, anyone?
Jake Lehmann brought it to the attention of Australia, host of next month’s tournament, during South Australia’s one-day defeat by Tasmania in Brisbane on Wednesday when he deliberately deflected a delivery by off-spinner Jarrod Freeman over the wicketkeeper’s head for four. Nothing unusual about such a tactic.
Helping the ball over one’s shoulder to run away into open space behind the stumps is now a legitimate boundary option in mid-innings overs when fields are set back in one-day cricket.
Jake Lehmann purposely used the back of his bat rather than its face to hit the ball
Only that Lehmann, son of former Australia coach Darren, purposely used the back of his bat rather than its face to do so.
Its curvature arguably creates a more natural ramp for the ball to loop over its intended obstacle, and left-hander Lehmann’s pre-planned use of the stroke followed Leus du Plooy, the Derbyshire player, doing it successfully against Leicestershire in June.
Will it catch on? If the scramble on social media to name it is anything to go by, the expectation is yes.
Lehmann’s pre-planned use of the stroke followed Leus du Plooy using the same ploy in June