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Greg Chappell returns to selection table

Peter English

August 23, 2010

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Greg Chappell speaks at the 7th Annual Sir Donald Bradman Oration, Melbourne, November 19, 2009
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Greg Chappell, Australia's first full-time selector, is in no hurry to discard any of Australia's senior players but is ready to make the tough decisions. Chappell will begin his second term with the panel over the next month after being appointed as the national talent manager on Monday.

Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and Simon Katich are all 35 and the finish of the Ashes and World Cup will require some significant long-term planning. As India coach, Chappell stood firm to end Sourav Ganguly's captaincy and he knows there will be difficult and unpopular choices.

"It comes with the territory," Chappell said at Australia's camp in Queensland. "Thankfully I'm not chairman of selectors, so maybe the toughest selections come down to the chairman [Andrew Hilditch]. I've been involved in selection on and off for Australia over the years, I've never been in the situation before when we've had to vote."

Chappell, who was interviewed last week, held a similar role until he stepped down in 1988 and became a commentator. Since then he has coached South Australia, India, Australia A and most recently at the Centre of Excellence. He will move from Brisbane, where he has been based since 2008, to Melbourne for the post, which also encompass talent identification and working with the states. As the panel's spokesman, he will also be the public face of the selectors.

The make-up of the rest of the four-man unit will be determined by Cricket Australia's board in October. Hilditch is contracted until next year's World Cup while one of David Boon, Jamie Cox and Merv Hughes is expected to depart to accommodate Chappell.

Michael Brown, Cricket Australia's operations manager, said he had not talked to Hilditch about his post-World Cup plans. "He's really excited about what he's doing and we've got a huge challenge ahead in the next eight months," he said. "We haven't had any discussions about his position beyond that. He's starting a business on his own, so he's a pretty busy person, but he's managed the two roles [previously]."

Hilditch and Chappell, whose playing careers just overlapped, have worked together since Chappell became involved with the Academy. "I have a great deal of respect for Andrew as a person and selector, I don't think there'll be too many issues there," Chappell said.

He enters a panel that has come under a lot of criticism for its choices over the past couple of years as the side has slipped from the No.1 Test ranking. It currently sits fourth and Chappell, 62, brings a youth-centred focus following his time with the Centre of Excellence.

"It gives me a pretty good feel for what's out there and what is required for the next couple of years," he said. "There's no rush to push anyone out the door. You have to earn the right to play for Australia, that's something the whole selection panel is conscious of, and will bear in mind going forward."

After retiring in 1983-84, Chappell was part of the selection panel that appointed Allan Border as captain following Kim Hughes' mid-series resignation, and he was involved in picking the 1987 World Cup-winning squad. He was also a key supporter of Ian Healy's rapid promotion in 1988.

"I enjoyed the role as a selector in the mid-80s to late 80s, I only really gave it away due to family and business commitments," he said. "We were reasonably successful coming out of a pretty lean time at that stage. I'd like to think I played some small part of that."

As a player he was peerless, scoring 7110 runs in 87 Tests, and captained Australia in 48 matches. He found coaching more difficult, especially during his two-year tenure with India, which ended after a first-round exit at the 2007 World Cup.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by kaigvgv on (August 24, 2010, 5:16 GMT)

@Ankur Sengupta you gave a fitting reply man..

Greg Chappel was a disaster as an indian coach..what talent did he recongnised ? He destroyed Pathan and made him a pinch hitter, ended ganguly captaincy and almost career..Ganguly is the guy who brought some aggression to our indian cricket and he played well after his comeback. The biggest mistake is questioning sachin commitment...what a joke it is! world cup 2007 1st round exit, Sachin lowest point of career(played very bad during chapel tenure), dropping ganguly,destroying pathan,sehwag dropped many times all in chappel tenure..! The only talent he mentioned is raina and all the present team yuvaraj/dhoni/sehwag/harbhajan are identified in ganguly tenure.

And nothing is blown out of proportion in media ..Gary was never a subject in india and he is achieving good results as an indian coach..!

I am sure he gonna end some aussie player careers but who cares !!

Posted by sonjjay on (August 24, 2010, 2:54 GMT)

Yeah guys lets move on Indian team has so its abt time we fans do and lets forget the past and look at our own team rather than worrying abt australia

Posted by Remus_Lupin on (August 24, 2010, 2:51 GMT)

I guess he has indicated enough what he will be upto once he takes up the role...Ricki & Hussey start preparing your resume, soon you will be laid off...

Posted by topspeed55 on (August 24, 2010, 1:09 GMT)

This is a good choice made by Australia. He was a good batsmen just as simple as that nothing much and now any one except australia has a chance to get the world cup.

Posted by spun_thru-thg8 on (August 24, 2010, 1:06 GMT)

seems chappell ruffled some feathers in india. maybe he learnt from his mistakes. no doubt he was a great cricketer and an efective captain although not necessarily always a popularone. He may have learnt to brush up on his people skills since then. still i agree with ankur india are ranked number one in tests now so the after effects of chappells reign dont appear to have hurt them so bad. In terms of the aussies he is a selector for the national side not a coach. As his coaching is what seems to generate most critiscism and that is not his new role I cant see a problem. If having a full time selector gives him a chance to be present more often to assess players more accurately then great. Also in his era more young players got into the top side in their early 20's, himself included. If that is a direction he brings to the job I cant see the harm in it. If he has the strength to make a hard decision where swapping North for White, Ferguson or Smith 's concerned then good luck to him!

Posted by   on (August 24, 2010, 0:49 GMT)

CA have made another another backward step . When are they going to get someone fresh out of the game , and can relate to the current players . Old hands talking about days gone by are just getting a hand out . We all know how much business acumen Greg has . He is still going from job to job , and he's 65 or something like that. Anyway he has had his day and seeing how boring he is , and talks , then its time to be proactive. He should be like Hilditch , and both of them could take there dogs for a walk on the beach whilst a Test match is being played .

Posted by Swampy5 on (August 23, 2010, 21:05 GMT)

To all those still complaining about Chappell's time as India coach - move on with your lives. Chappell and the rest of the world obviously has. He is good at identifying talented players so this is a sensible appointment by CA.

Posted by vimalan on (August 23, 2010, 20:38 GMT)

thank god, it'll be even more downfall for Aussis with Guru Greg at helms.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2010, 19:45 GMT)

Bad decision ACB. This is a huge step backward.This guy is going to spoil everything though nothing much left in Australia Team, the team we knnow since the departure of the greats like Glenn, Gilly, Hayden co. He was a good a player but I can not say a good captain because of the qulaity of good and focussed players Australia has produced since 3 decades but certainly not a coach. anyway wait for 2 years.

Posted by JimDavis on (August 23, 2010, 17:47 GMT)

If his job involves tallent spotting, why is it in Melbourne? New South Wales on play there once a year.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2010, 16:53 GMT)

@sddhrth.mlhtr : Winning World T 20 Championship, beating Australia 2-0 at home, climbing up to the no 1 spot for the first time, winning the asia cup...winning its first one day series at australia in 14 yrs! dude u must be kidding when u say india has not scaled significant heights post greg chappell's departure...dont u read ur news daily..were nt u aware abt these things or u just ignord them ...so that u can flaunt ur firangi affinity !!! even our pakistani freinds dont hate india this much...you shuld be thrown out in sydney where these aussies will abuse the hell out of you in thier tubes...

Posted by   on (August 23, 2010, 16:12 GMT)

australia has one of the best bowling lineup consisting of johnson, bollinger, hilfenhaus, and a spinner who looks gud in hauritz, but one of their main problem is batting, marcus north looks like he doesnt know how to play spinners, its time that selectors axe him and give other players like cameron white or callum ferguson a chance.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2010, 16:08 GMT)

Disgraceful by Peter English - "As India coach, Chappell stood firm to end Sourav Ganguly's captaincy". Absolutely disgraceful my friend. Why not report that when he was India coach, the team spirit hit a nadir, with even the normally reclusive Sachin Tendulkar having to comment publicly "no one has earlier questioned my committment"? Chappell was a divisive character, and earned his living by playing with the media and creating terror within the team. The results of the team showed. He was a good riddance for India, and we can only hope he replicates that in his CA role.

Posted by deanc on (August 23, 2010, 13:49 GMT)

The appointment is a timely move particularly given his current/previous role and with some tough selection decisions coming up over the next 18 months. I think Boon may step down to give Chappell a spot on the NSP. Those wishing the appointment is related to Hilditch's position as the Chairman of selectors should read the article again.

Posted by Tiptop32 on (August 23, 2010, 13:15 GMT)

Its time for minnows to beat Aussies. Hope Greg will help Aussie downfall at a rapid rate.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (August 23, 2010, 13:13 GMT)

As said there is another dip coming in Australian cricket with Ponting, Hussey & Katich all 35 or nearby. The strength previously was not letting players hang on til they reached their use-by date and that policy needs to return. Have nil confidence in Hilditch given some of his selections and pronouncements so the introduction of a strong character like G Chappell cant hurt.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (August 23, 2010, 12:19 GMT)

What I found ironic was this associated article: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/chappell-in-but-a-selector-must-go-20100822-13awx.html

It seems that the incumbent selectors are being treated callously. Could it be that the powers that be in CA are as bewildered by their selection choices as are many of the Australian fans?

Posted by Siddiee on (August 23, 2010, 11:51 GMT)

@ popcorn - you are spot on.A coach's job is not to make everyone happy, greg was indeed one of the best coaches India got. He shouldnt be held accountable for the downfall, if any caused in Indian cricket as the team hasnt scaled to new heights post his departure. He has been a great batsmen and captain in his times and his methods should benefit cricket Australia as the management there is known to shortlist playing eleven on the basis of performance instead of reputation.

Posted by backwardpoint on (August 23, 2010, 9:46 GMT)

@ Sharath_Sher - One gets a few more pertinent names to the mind. People like John Wright and the coaches of that time. I am also quite curious and eager and would be much obliged if you could throw some light upon the guys who Guru Greg backed and have made it big today.

By the way - who are the youngsters that one can think of - the Harbhajan / Sehwag / Yuvraj / Zaheer. these guys were developed and groomed during the earlier age. the current crop of jokers (oops, cricketers. I should change my keyboard one of these days...) like Raina, Rohit etc should really think as to what they really want to do before joining the team. Guess Yuvraj and Harbhajan sadly fall into that category lately too.

Truth in a nutshell: We havent had a genuine match winner in Tests in the last 8-10 years. Had one - Harbhajan who we have given off to 20-20 style bowling and have blunted him beyond redemption.

Posted by shri619 on (August 23, 2010, 9:41 GMT)

as ind coach he has not done right. he useed irfan pathan as a pinch hitter and coached him very badly. at that time irfan was a very good bowler for india but chappel used him as a batsman and destroyed his carrier.hope he will not do this to aus which is already going in bad pach.

Posted by hasan.cheema on (August 23, 2010, 9:34 GMT)

I am an Pure Pakistani fan, but I always support two teams 1. Pakistan 2. Any team playing against Australia (even INDIA)

but, now, after seeing the reaction of English media and team after two test and evening after loosing 3rd,

I support Australia in this Ashes for the first time in my life

English media should give credit to new Wasim Akram (Aamir) and other pakistani classic bowlers

Go Australia and Crash England , and repeat the history of 5-0.

Posted by anonymousfan on (August 23, 2010, 9:23 GMT)

@Sharath_Sher , ganguly made it very clear afterwards that he would have retired completely from international cricket anyways in a years time, had that controversy not happened. What on earth gives you the idea that he would have still been captain had it not been for GC's pyrotechnics ? Please do not make up stuff to show others in bad light.

Posted by cric4india on (August 23, 2010, 9:09 GMT)

It is not the Australia of 2000s which would have hardly known if a bowler's career was ruined. They are in a situation more fragile than what India were in when he was coaching, and we still know what we have lost in Pathan. Cannot do more than warning Aus here!

Posted by AdityaMookerjee on (August 23, 2010, 9:08 GMT)

I agree with Greg Chappell. The Australian Team is doing nothing wrong on the field. They just need to get the edge. I seriously think, that Australia have the best fast bowling lineup. I believe they have Bollinger, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Johnson, and Watson. This perhaps gives the captain some choices. Perhaps, the not so extraordinary bowling, is putting pressure on the not so extraordinary batting, and vice versa. The bowling will have to prove it's potential, the way it did in the last One Day International series Australia played against India, in India.

Posted by Winsome on (August 23, 2010, 9:02 GMT)

Go on, Greg, just a bit of rushing towards doors. We won't mind, in fact, we'll applaud.

Posted by VVedsen on (August 23, 2010, 8:25 GMT)

Brilliant, that is good for Australian cricketing rivals. People who have commented above, of those the Indians need to realise that India was knocked out of the WC 07 in just 1 match against Bangledesh of all teams. His calculation was perfect for that. He got Saurav removed, and got in Dravid to get the job done. The Indian media is still the same, Kirsten is another foreign coach and the team is doing well. Nothing gets blown out of proportion. Australians are only sliding from their earlier days 3-4 years back, and now Chappell in the selection team. Best of luck Cricket Australia.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2010, 8:19 GMT)

he is a jinx.....its funeral time for australian cricket, like earlier too he did it with aussies,pakistan n india....

Posted by Aussasinator on (August 23, 2010, 8:16 GMT)

There will be interesting times ahead for Cricket Australia.

Posted by grumbleguts on (August 23, 2010, 7:23 GMT)

the guy is a dinosaur, this is amassive step backwards for aussie cricket.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2010, 7:18 GMT)

Did a very poor job in India. The results were disastrous - the team who had been runners up in the previous World Cup lost in the first round and there was much stress and tension within. If he is humble, he would have learnt from that but many of the current Australian crop will not sleep well.

Posted by longrun on (August 23, 2010, 7:17 GMT)

i honestly dont think chappell (greg) is much of a coach, didn't do much in SAust, but having said that he did seek out youth and give them a chance instead of rehashing blokes who were average and not going to get better. so he's a much better selector than coach, very good at picking out talent. his time in india was doomed from the start. too much politics and self centredness to let him get on with his job. jamie cox needs to go (speaking of bad times in SAust), and merv needs to stop picking victorians cas he knows them. maybe a blue cap wont come with a "what size do you want your baggy green" leaflet also - though the nsw boys do us proud mostly. g chappell will have support for decisions and implementations he initiates in australian cricket, we are crying out for youth in the test team, and he has the knowledge to pick the right candidates to take us forward - current squad is ok though. 30 is the new 25 (hopefully not batting average style though)

Posted by eZoha on (August 23, 2010, 7:04 GMT)

I am sure opposition teams are rejoicing this news. He almost ruined Indian cricket and now it is Australia's turn. @Sharath_Sher >> Some may say that he promoted youngsters, but that's only to remove those seniors he could not cope with, e.g., Shewag, Bhajji, Ganguly et al. Young players in the current Indian team came from IPL, not from Chappell's guidance.

Posted by mravikiran on (August 23, 2010, 6:59 GMT)

I understand the meaning of "tough decisions"... I believe many more seniors and excellent players will be lined up to face "Ganguly-Like" end to their careers.

Posted by CustomKid on (August 23, 2010, 6:49 GMT)

I'm an Aussie and I have to agree with CricFan78. He was a sublime player and pretty good captain with a very talented team at his disposal but his results as coach and administrator leave a lot to be desired. Living in Adelaide and watching him coach the redbacks first hand was downright embarrassing.Other coaching stints have yielded similar results and he's been sacked from most roles.

He seems to create turmoil and after departing the team seems to flourish 18mths to 2 years later. I'm not sure it that is because of ground work or they're just glad to see him gone and lift. Either way CA has made a very interesting call.

I would have preferred to seen Allan Border, Steve Waugh, or even Ian Chappell at the helm. All tough cricketers who are good leaders tell it how it is, and get the best out of their men. Greg just lacks the charisma, and hard nut person required.

I hope I'm very wrong - but I can see Australian cricket going even further backwards under GC's watch.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2010, 6:43 GMT)

Hooray...Faintest of hopes that Punter may have had to overtake SRT's tally of runs & centuries will now vanish forever!

Posted by PrasPunter on (August 23, 2010, 6:42 GMT)

well said Mr. popcorn . Indians are bloated with lots of ego and attitude. And they call others a spade. self-proclaimed saints they are. Greg has been a great visionary and I am sure his experience on the table will be of a lot of use for the Aussies. Go Aussie Go. Just like to see you folks right on top.

Posted by Nuxxy on (August 23, 2010, 6:42 GMT)

Wish we had someone like him in SA. Since readmission, there have always been too many players riding along on past performances.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2010, 6:25 GMT)

We admire Aussies for their continued dominance of the world cricket for decades and for their system which produces unending stream of world beating cricketers and also secretely long to be in their position. By sudden rush of blood we finally contracted as aussie, the best possible candidate, to teach us their way. There is hardly any coaching reuired for Sachins, sauravs, dravids, Kumles who had already played so much of international cricket, it is the attitude and the ways which really make the difference. We then immediately realised that we are indian, we are different and we need to be handled differently. We wanted to be in the position of Aussies whithout following their methods, work ethics etc. In the bargain we ended up making fool of ourseves and also of that great man. In fact, Indian cricket missed a god sent golden apportunity of changing our system, attidtude and medthods of selection, training and administering the game as it should be.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2010, 6:09 GMT)

Greg Chappell is a street smart, master tactician whose services are only going to bolster Australia. Sadly India gave into the" players power". If he was there today, Indian cricketers like Yuvraj have to buck up to remain in the team. Hard work is the order of the day.

best wishes Greggy

Posted by Sharath_Sher on (August 23, 2010, 5:32 GMT)

Greg Chappel did a great job unearthing talents for India when he was the coach. If not for him, Saurav Ganguly would still be captaining India today. Sadly though, the Indian media blew everything out of proportion and made all the decisions look like a controversy. Lot of the youngsters in the current India team need to thank him and Dravid, else they would never have played for India. All the Best Greg in your new role.

Posted by skkh on (August 23, 2010, 4:39 GMT)

Great News. Cricket Australia very badly needs a charismatic person like Greg. I hope this is good bye to the team of incompetants of Hilditch. We can look forward to some daring selection measures and this should also be bad news to North. Ricky is still Australia's best batting hopes but if he lets the poor form to continue we know that Greg will not take it lightly as did Hilditch and company. Also Hussey Johnson and others will have to tighten their belts. All in all we can expect better days for Cricket Australia.

Posted by popcorn on (August 23, 2010, 4:24 GMT)

This is great news. As the Head of the Centre for Excellence at Brisbane, the National Talent Manager, a grat batsman, and a wonderful captain, he is the RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB. He is a visionary - which the egoistic Indians did not understand,and calls a spade a spade, which the ego -bloated Indians founfd uncomfortable.

Posted by CricFan78 on (August 23, 2010, 4:15 GMT)

Well done Aussies .... now opponent teams will be even happier.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2010, 3:15 GMT)

This guy has ruined Indian cricket, not sure if that was intentional or he does not possess the coaching skills, we can wait and see what is in store for CA in his regime.

Posted by RATNESH64 on (August 23, 2010, 3:13 GMT)

If Greg Chappel did positively being an Indian coach ,then we can say he is a right person for any job worldwhile.But his negative tactics & works could not help CRICKET.

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