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Coach by Darren Lehmann review – maybe honesty is the best policy

The Australia coach’s new book sheds light on his relationship with Michael Clarke and the selection controversies of Brad Haddin and Shane Watson

It’s one of Australian sport’s most enduring clichés, popularised by Ian Chappell and flogged to its last, shallow breath by Shane Warne: in cricket, the coach is the thing with four wheels that transports you around England during the Ashes.

That is a criticism Australia’s current gaffer Darren Lehmann confronts head-on in his mid-reign effort Coach (Edbury Press, $39.99, released 31 October) – one among a glut of cricket books piled onto store shelves as the Australian summer approaches, in a fortnight that suggests the old-fashioned format is not only in rude health, but also serves as the primary medium of communication between the generation of players under Lehmann’s command.

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