Behind the Shades – The Autobiography by Duncan Fletcher
Published by Simon and Schuster – £18.99
MY glorious cricketing moment came at The Oval in 2005 to witness Duncan Fletcher’s side clinch the Ashes for the first time in 18 years.
Thus I was keen to see if Fletcher’s follow-up to Ashes Regained revealed further secrets from that wonderful Test series. It does not.
Behind the Shades covers Fletcher’s upbringing in Rhodesia through his playing career to his glory and ultimate downfall as England coach.
Shades is fascinating though when Fletcher divulges his coaching methods and frank views on notaries within the game.
The unsung hero of the 2005 Ashes remains an enigmatic figure but if you want to revel in that glorious summer I recommend Ashes Regained instead.