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Greg Chappell: Not Out, Selector, Commentator, Coach, Talent Scout, Mentor, Cricket Legend (Hardie Grant Books, $35)

Even into his 70s, Greg Chappell remains a force, his opinion and keen eye for talent valued and trusted by those who count.

Like Don Bradman, much of his best off-field work is unsung, especially in coaching and mentoring areas.

In his latest semi-autobiographical smorgasboard, Chappell tackles the secretive world of selection, his short stint as coach of India and the ‘hands-off Tendulkar’ edict and the warning signs he saw ahead of the Newlands ball tampering scandal which brought Australian cricket to its knees.

Chappell also unveils a blueprint in fast-tracking an Australian cricket revival, arguing forcefully that the game has drifted too far from the type of lean, hungry system that helped to take the national team to the top.

Having lost five series in a row under current head coach Justin Langer, Chappell’s thoughts are topical and typically on the mark.

We have seen only early proofs, but it’s good.

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