Australian news August 17, 2010

Greg Chappell in frame to become Australian selector

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Greg Chappell could go back to the future after being given an interview for the newly-created job on Australia's national selection panel. Chappell, a former Test captain, was one of the men who installed Allan Border as leader in 1984, but he stood down in 1987-88 after becoming upset with the game's administration structure.

He is currently the head coach at the Centre of Excellence and his place on Cricket Australia's list has been confirmed to Cricinfo. While the new full-time role comes with a spot on the selection panel, it also includes being a national talent manager and working with the states. Chappell does part of that already in his post at the Academy and as the Australia A coach.

Andrew Hilditch, David Boon, Merv Hughes and Jamie Cox are the incumbents on the panel that will undergo a mild restructure. Over the past two years the Test team has dropped from first to fourth on the rankings, and could go to fifth if England, who currently lead 2-0, cleansweep Pakistan in their four-match series.

The selection quartet works on a part-time basis, but Hilditch is not applying for the vacant job and said the redesign would not change his duties as chairman. "I look forward to having a full-time selector in the sense there are a lot of issues with workload management and our roster system and making sure we're covering all the cricket," Hilditch said earlier this month.

"[The new appointment] will have a role on the panel like any other selector, but a very important role in talent management and managing the state talent managers. It's a pretty big role straight away - a massive role. I think it's a big development for Australian cricket and I'm very excited."

Chappell, 62, is due to be interviewed this week. He was appointed at the Centre of Excellence in 2008, a year after he finished an eventful term as India's coach.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    And here strts Australia's downfall!!!!

  • POSTED BY Antir on | August 18, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    Seriously it is time for change in the Australian Team. Ponting has too much influence at the moment and lacks imaginiation. The team is being picked to suit his static captaincy style. We need to be more dynamic. Our bowlers are hesistating to bowl for wickets and our batsmen are too busy trying to not get out. Incumabancy is the problem that stems from Ponting.

    Now do not get me wrong i want Ponting to stay in the side. He has a lot of runs still in him but we need him to step back and support a new young fresh leadership in the team. A person like Hughes is going to find it hard to fit into a Ponting led set up. We need some more young blood in the team Khawaja, Smith, Hughes, Klinger... all deserve a more of a chance. We cannot continue to work the principle of "we arent quite ready yet for change". Let Clarke be captain and develop a new futuer for the Australian team.

  • POSTED BY Semoli on | August 17, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    I for one do not understand this Ganguly-Chappell fixation. Greg suggested that Ganguly should give up captaincy and concentrate on his batting because he was not doing justice to both his roles. I think he was right in what he said. It takes a 'mature fighter' to respond to criticism, Ganguly was only a fighter (something I greatly admire in him) and post 2007 he proved it. He was fitter and an improved batsmen.

    The only fault with Chappell was how we delivered it. We in the east look at the message and the messenger. Chappell and a lot of people in the west do not to realize this. But, as a selector I think Chappell can be good.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    @RobOfBruce, Being an Indian fan, I don't care what the reason was for the GC's coaching fiasco, all I know it worked for Indian opponents. Though I am an Aussie Basher, I don't want them to be screwed just as we did. They should be in a decent shape to atleast stay above Ban in test rankings. I think that will not be the case if GC takes over as a selector. I may be wrong but the chances of me being right are very good.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | August 17, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Greg Chappel with his emphasis on methods and fitness will throw up some sprightly players with good mindsets. If you have to look for a gap, then it lies in the aspect that he's more into percentage game players than natural talent. The inspirational players will not get his acceptance. I would say, his experience with the Indian team produced some good results also, which the team realised much after he left.

  • POSTED BY bheekuchatri on | August 17, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    i think some of you who are behind Greg for being honest in sacking ganguly do not understand one thing. Greg did not ever understand how indian cricket functions. Dosen't matter what he did was right or wrong, he was a bad influence. One of his biggest mistakes is trying to run an indian team thinking they are australians. As a result he could not extract the best out of the team. A great leader understands the team first, instead of blindly applying new procedures.

    he was such a big failure that he even managed to upset the usually calm Tendulkar !

  • POSTED BY sonjjay on | August 17, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    I guess Greg wont be such a bad selector after all . being an Indian fan i would like to say that Greg Chappel had the ryt vision for our team but his method of going about it was very incorrect he simpily never understood Indian cricket. Thats not gonna be the problem with his home team though. But i hope he is not the publicity monger as he was in India ,still remember him dancing to the drums just to grab a few eye balls, after India beat Sri Lanka 6-1 during his days as a coach.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Good luck for greg, Vasanth Chandrasekhar :greg didn't ask ind to lose against bang inwc2007.it is because of him,u see uthappa,raina,rohit and some other bowlers today.you just can't digest the india's inability and try to push it over some body.Don't forget ind won the first test against saf and possibly would have leveled the series ,if ur gods do any justice to their fame.im indian and fan of austalian cricket,so wish good luck for him

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Good News for the rest of the world except Australia. There are lot of things will happen. Rick Ponting will be sacked for Poor Perfomance (similar to Ganguly), Shane Watson will be hyped a Talended All rounder (similar to irfan pathan) and his carrer will be lost and Mike Hussey - (Mr. Cricket /Mr.Dependable) will not find a place in Aussiee one day squad (similar to Dravid - The Wall). Out of nowhere Tim paine will be suggested as a capatancy material who has very limited intenational experience (similar to Dinesh Karthik). Above dressing room atmospher will be so lively and media business will improve. Greg is capabale person where you can expect the unexpected.

  • POSTED BY Tiptop32 on | August 17, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Probably Greg will put a pull stop to Aussie wins. Hope Aussies will give tough competition to Zim, Bangla, WI, Afghan under Greg.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    And here strts Australia's downfall!!!!

  • POSTED BY Antir on | August 18, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    Seriously it is time for change in the Australian Team. Ponting has too much influence at the moment and lacks imaginiation. The team is being picked to suit his static captaincy style. We need to be more dynamic. Our bowlers are hesistating to bowl for wickets and our batsmen are too busy trying to not get out. Incumabancy is the problem that stems from Ponting.

    Now do not get me wrong i want Ponting to stay in the side. He has a lot of runs still in him but we need him to step back and support a new young fresh leadership in the team. A person like Hughes is going to find it hard to fit into a Ponting led set up. We need some more young blood in the team Khawaja, Smith, Hughes, Klinger... all deserve a more of a chance. We cannot continue to work the principle of "we arent quite ready yet for change". Let Clarke be captain and develop a new futuer for the Australian team.

  • POSTED BY Semoli on | August 17, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    I for one do not understand this Ganguly-Chappell fixation. Greg suggested that Ganguly should give up captaincy and concentrate on his batting because he was not doing justice to both his roles. I think he was right in what he said. It takes a 'mature fighter' to respond to criticism, Ganguly was only a fighter (something I greatly admire in him) and post 2007 he proved it. He was fitter and an improved batsmen.

    The only fault with Chappell was how we delivered it. We in the east look at the message and the messenger. Chappell and a lot of people in the west do not to realize this. But, as a selector I think Chappell can be good.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    @RobOfBruce, Being an Indian fan, I don't care what the reason was for the GC's coaching fiasco, all I know it worked for Indian opponents. Though I am an Aussie Basher, I don't want them to be screwed just as we did. They should be in a decent shape to atleast stay above Ban in test rankings. I think that will not be the case if GC takes over as a selector. I may be wrong but the chances of me being right are very good.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | August 17, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Greg Chappel with his emphasis on methods and fitness will throw up some sprightly players with good mindsets. If you have to look for a gap, then it lies in the aspect that he's more into percentage game players than natural talent. The inspirational players will not get his acceptance. I would say, his experience with the Indian team produced some good results also, which the team realised much after he left.

  • POSTED BY bheekuchatri on | August 17, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    i think some of you who are behind Greg for being honest in sacking ganguly do not understand one thing. Greg did not ever understand how indian cricket functions. Dosen't matter what he did was right or wrong, he was a bad influence. One of his biggest mistakes is trying to run an indian team thinking they are australians. As a result he could not extract the best out of the team. A great leader understands the team first, instead of blindly applying new procedures.

    he was such a big failure that he even managed to upset the usually calm Tendulkar !

  • POSTED BY sonjjay on | August 17, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    I guess Greg wont be such a bad selector after all . being an Indian fan i would like to say that Greg Chappel had the ryt vision for our team but his method of going about it was very incorrect he simpily never understood Indian cricket. Thats not gonna be the problem with his home team though. But i hope he is not the publicity monger as he was in India ,still remember him dancing to the drums just to grab a few eye balls, after India beat Sri Lanka 6-1 during his days as a coach.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Good luck for greg, Vasanth Chandrasekhar :greg didn't ask ind to lose against bang inwc2007.it is because of him,u see uthappa,raina,rohit and some other bowlers today.you just can't digest the india's inability and try to push it over some body.Don't forget ind won the first test against saf and possibly would have leveled the series ,if ur gods do any justice to their fame.im indian and fan of austalian cricket,so wish good luck for him

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Good News for the rest of the world except Australia. There are lot of things will happen. Rick Ponting will be sacked for Poor Perfomance (similar to Ganguly), Shane Watson will be hyped a Talended All rounder (similar to irfan pathan) and his carrer will be lost and Mike Hussey - (Mr. Cricket /Mr.Dependable) will not find a place in Aussiee one day squad (similar to Dravid - The Wall). Out of nowhere Tim paine will be suggested as a capatancy material who has very limited intenational experience (similar to Dinesh Karthik). Above dressing room atmospher will be so lively and media business will improve. Greg is capabale person where you can expect the unexpected.

  • POSTED BY Tiptop32 on | August 17, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Probably Greg will put a pull stop to Aussie wins. Hope Aussies will give tough competition to Zim, Bangla, WI, Afghan under Greg.

  • POSTED BY Bayman on | August 17, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    So, let's see if I understand this issue properly - the problem for Indian fans is that Greg Chappell flicked Ganguly from the captaincy? For that he's pilloried? Should have got a medal for removing that self-indulgent ego-maniac. Typical of Indian fans to associate themselves with personalities instead of results. Responses from the likes of "Sahinfan" and "SachinIs God" reflect the true Indian view of cricket. The team dosen't do enough so individuals are promoted to make you all feel better. Here's a clue - why don't you try just growing up? And for all those who want to raise the issue of current Test rankings, well, you've got me confused with someone who cares. You've had your ranking for five minutes and you'll have it for another five minutes. When you've had it for a decade then you can come and chat about it. Australia, currently, has won six of its last eight Tests with a team that's just ordinary. When India has an ordinary team it loses six of eight.

  • POSTED BY RobOfBruce on | August 17, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Let's hope he has the balls to make some of the hard decisions that selectors of the near past have not. He is a fine coach and has a great eye for talent. Pity the Indians are so bitter about their time with him at the head. Sure, it didn't work out, but's that's because of his umcompromising style and the fact that he was not prepared to bend over backwards to pander to all the various factions and rediculous politics of Indian cricket. Don't believe me? Check out the doco he did on the ABC (Guru Greg). Mark my words, it's wishful to think that AUS will go backwards under his selectorship.

  • POSTED BY Rohan0309 on | August 17, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Aussie cricket will nail its own coffin if they select Chappell as a selector. They will see lows never experienced before!

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    I always wanted Ricky to be captain for a long time... hmmm..

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | August 17, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    How many selectors do we need? The four we've got don't appear to understand how to plan more than one game ahead.

    Although I thought it was interesting in the U19 WC squad that he said that he wanted to pick players with potential for the future, not just a team that would win the comp now. He managed to do both. Anybody who can get the state teams to see their role as being about developing players, and not just recycling pensioners and ignoring spin bowlers, can only help.

  • POSTED BY sunny_k10 on | August 17, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    he is very good at it....a no nonsense coach and administrator who took head on with so called players and administrators of team india is a "perfect" person to take a more responsible job AUS cricket......we all know how he exposed "ganguly" and his inabilities to play for team needs....and exposed sachin's inability to play for team needs at middle order......we also know how he single handedly picked talented young cricketers for team india ...raina, dhini, gambir, srishanth, rp singh, and so many...how he tranformed yuvraj into match winning player....and so many ....unfortunate that his vission snd experties are not "fully" utilised by indian cricket administration and players.......very good and highly knowledgable coach only works in equaly good cricket administration.......

  • POSTED BY venky_singapore on | August 17, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Well, given that India are probably their main rivals currently, and given that Greg has recent experience of sc**wing up the Indian team a few years ago, this appointment makes perfect sense ;-)

  • POSTED BY shaantanu on | August 17, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    @popcorn:u cant help but have a dig at indians at the drop of a hat.yeah agreed greg has been a good cricketer during his time but the fact is the indian players and he could not gel together(cultural difference at work).....indian cricket was almost destroyed during his tenure.john wright and gary kirsten has been better influences for the team......neway he sud be gud for u aussies

  • POSTED BY rovar on | August 17, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Hope Australian team will be rank atleast above pakistan, Bangladesh & Zim after, if, guru Greg become selector. No doubt he is or was a great batter but when it comes to administration he is ?????????????. So, as Mr. CricFan 78 said "Good luck Greg and good news for Australia's opposition teams :-)". Mr. popcorn lets see " how much talent he spot/unearth for Aussies when he becomes selector.

  • POSTED BY VVedsen on | August 17, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    @Adeel: Sorry, but when Pak cricket could not utilise the services of Bob Woolmer to the full use, good that they did not involve Chappell, though you all indirectly did use the benefit of it. Remember the India Pak series in Pakistan in 2006. Pakistan won thanks to Chappell management and Dravid captaincy.

    On a similar note, does Australia really want to traverse that path. The Australian cricket would become bottom heavy, for sure.

  • POSTED BY dr_sachinfan_chennai on | August 17, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Wow great news now the Aussie descent from top is gonna take off at speed of a space engine.. Mr.Punter's soon gonna lead his side to 5-0 defeat in Ashes in England if not now. Well will he persist until then?

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Great News. A move that is sure to hasten Aussie decline as Mighty Power in world cricket. With a very good team at disposal, he brought Indian Cricket to its Nadir between 05 to 07... He consulted Aussie team in 08-09 tour in India where Aussies lost heavily, where they should have won in Nagpur...Good News this for all Aussie bashers...

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Well done, this is a really good new for every team except Australia!!!

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | August 17, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    just wait and watch he might sack ponting

  • POSTED BY MSDonLSD on | August 17, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    We'll see if Mr. True Professional Chappell has the guts to get rid of Ponting from the Aussie team as a selector because as I see it Pontings lows at the moment are approaching rock bottom just like Ganguly's did at one time and you need balls to get rid of them! Lets see if Greg can apply the same pressure in his home country?

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    Oh no not again!!! not as selector because one can see that what happened to team India when he was coach............ specially with Irfan Pathan

  • POSTED BY Psyc_s on | August 17, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    If Greg becomes a selector, beware Ponting & Hussey. He can never appreciate greatness of others...No other thing in this world is bigger than Mr. Chappells ideology & approach, that is what he thinks and wanted others to believe the same if you want to play for team which he coaches.

  • POSTED BY Governor on | August 17, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    This could be great news!! At least Cricket Australia are doing something right for the first time since the sudden departure of RW Marsh in 2001 and Trevor Hohns in 2005.

    The next step would be to entice RW Marsh back to Cricket Australia instead of being on a global mission to help world cricket.

  • POSTED BY siddharth_r2001 on | August 17, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    I agree with CricFan78..this is certainly good news for all teams other than Australia. 1. Chappell was India's coach for 2 years and he screwed Indian Cricket big time!! We all know what happened to India in the 2007 World Cup. Since he left, Indian cricket began getting better and achieved the No 1 test ranking! 2. Then he was some sort of consultant to the Australian team during their tour of India in 2008. The result?? Australia lost that series 2-0. 3. Since then, he has been head coach at the Centre of Excellence in Australia. And in the same period, 'coincidentally' , Australia's ranking in tests has fallen from 1 to 4 (and now probably to 5 if England beat Pakistan 4-0). Need we say more?? If Australia really want to do well, STAY AWAY FROM GREG CHAPPELL!!

  • POSTED BY Baju_SachinIsGod on | August 17, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    End of australian dominance in cricket :) Good news for everybody else !

  • POSTED BY adeel.sarfraz on | August 17, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    Greg Chappell is a true professional. He unearthed a lot of hidden talent in India while serving as coach apart from the captaincy controversy with Ganguly (which by the way proved out to be correct at the end). I just wish Pakistan could have made use of his services or Micky Arthur instead of going with the pair of Waqar Younus and Ijaz Ahmed as they really don't have that experience and most of the current players have played with them before so there will be some sort of camaraderie among them which will not be beneficial for the team.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | August 17, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    This is great news. I have tremendous regard for him - as a batsman,as a Captain, as a Coachas a Visionary, as the Head of the COE at Brisbane. He can spot talent when he sees one (the Indians don't).It is to his credit that Shane Watson has become such a fine batsman and opener.

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | August 17, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    The Australian selectors have been sub-standard in recent times and desperately needs an injection of fresh ideas and fresh cricketing nous. A few tough decisions and issues that should have been made or addressed by the selectors but that were not include: not dropping Johnson during the last Ashes series, the poor handling of all Australian spinners since Warne, Macgill and Hogg retired, the reluctance to drop Hussey, and the failure to recognise Katich's batting until recently are some of the glaring points.

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | August 17, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    Good luck Greg and good news for Australia's opposition teams :-)

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  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | August 17, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    Good luck Greg and good news for Australia's opposition teams :-)

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | August 17, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    The Australian selectors have been sub-standard in recent times and desperately needs an injection of fresh ideas and fresh cricketing nous. A few tough decisions and issues that should have been made or addressed by the selectors but that were not include: not dropping Johnson during the last Ashes series, the poor handling of all Australian spinners since Warne, Macgill and Hogg retired, the reluctance to drop Hussey, and the failure to recognise Katich's batting until recently are some of the glaring points.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | August 17, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    This is great news. I have tremendous regard for him - as a batsman,as a Captain, as a Coachas a Visionary, as the Head of the COE at Brisbane. He can spot talent when he sees one (the Indians don't).It is to his credit that Shane Watson has become such a fine batsman and opener.

  • POSTED BY adeel.sarfraz on | August 17, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    Greg Chappell is a true professional. He unearthed a lot of hidden talent in India while serving as coach apart from the captaincy controversy with Ganguly (which by the way proved out to be correct at the end). I just wish Pakistan could have made use of his services or Micky Arthur instead of going with the pair of Waqar Younus and Ijaz Ahmed as they really don't have that experience and most of the current players have played with them before so there will be some sort of camaraderie among them which will not be beneficial for the team.

  • POSTED BY Baju_SachinIsGod on | August 17, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    End of australian dominance in cricket :) Good news for everybody else !

  • POSTED BY siddharth_r2001 on | August 17, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    I agree with CricFan78..this is certainly good news for all teams other than Australia. 1. Chappell was India's coach for 2 years and he screwed Indian Cricket big time!! We all know what happened to India in the 2007 World Cup. Since he left, Indian cricket began getting better and achieved the No 1 test ranking! 2. Then he was some sort of consultant to the Australian team during their tour of India in 2008. The result?? Australia lost that series 2-0. 3. Since then, he has been head coach at the Centre of Excellence in Australia. And in the same period, 'coincidentally' , Australia's ranking in tests has fallen from 1 to 4 (and now probably to 5 if England beat Pakistan 4-0). Need we say more?? If Australia really want to do well, STAY AWAY FROM GREG CHAPPELL!!

  • POSTED BY Governor on | August 17, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    This could be great news!! At least Cricket Australia are doing something right for the first time since the sudden departure of RW Marsh in 2001 and Trevor Hohns in 2005.

    The next step would be to entice RW Marsh back to Cricket Australia instead of being on a global mission to help world cricket.

  • POSTED BY Psyc_s on | August 17, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    If Greg becomes a selector, beware Ponting & Hussey. He can never appreciate greatness of others...No other thing in this world is bigger than Mr. Chappells ideology & approach, that is what he thinks and wanted others to believe the same if you want to play for team which he coaches.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    Oh no not again!!! not as selector because one can see that what happened to team India when he was coach............ specially with Irfan Pathan

  • POSTED BY MSDonLSD on | August 17, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    We'll see if Mr. True Professional Chappell has the guts to get rid of Ponting from the Aussie team as a selector because as I see it Pontings lows at the moment are approaching rock bottom just like Ganguly's did at one time and you need balls to get rid of them! Lets see if Greg can apply the same pressure in his home country?