DARREN Lehmann could be coaching his son by the end of the Ashes after having to leave the selection room when his name was raised last week.
Asked whether his son Jake’s name got a mention in the marathon Test selection meeting last Wednesday, Lehmann said “he did and I had to go out — I wasn’t gone for long so I knew he was not in.’’
Lehmann smiled as he said it but the very fact Jake was mentioned shows how widely the selectors cast their net and how baby Boof is a genuine Test contender.
Lehmann junior would appear to have been in contention for the No 6 spot filled by the mercurial Shaun Marsh.
Jake may be raw but his numbers are promising (six centuries and an average of 44 from 30 games) and his competition modest.
His challenge is that dashers (a young David Warner was an example) often get underestimated as potential Test batsmen because people suspect they are too flighty.
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The Lehmanns are not the first family to have to confront the selection issues with Steve Waugh having to give his opinion on twin Mark during the former’s term as Australian captain.
Greg Chappell’s exceptional record may have spared big brother Ian from having to be too judgmental on his younger brother during Ian’s captaincy rein though Greg would have had to pass judgment on the younger of the three, Trevor.