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Damien Fleming retires

Adelaide May 22. Former Test bowler Damien Fleming retired from cricket on Thursday after being named a senior coach of the Australian Cricket Academy.

Fleming has agreed to a two-year contract to work at the Adelaide-based academy with head coach Bennett King and two other senior coaches. Fleming replaces Wayne Phillips who has been appointed South Australian state coach.

Fleming said he agonised over his decision to retire after 15 years of playing first-class and international cricket.

``It definitely wasn't a black-and-white decision,'' he said. ``I have had a week to wrestle over it but it's just a fantastic opportunity to get into coaching which I have had my mind on for a couple of years.''

Fleming's 20 Tests between 1994-95 and 2000-01 returned 75 wickets at an average of 25.89, and he also represented Australia in 88 one-day internationals.

AP

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