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Full name Gregory Stephen Chappell
Born August 7, 1948, Unley, Adelaide, South Australia
Current age 66 years 133 days
Major teams Australia, Queensland, Somerset, South Australia
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Other Coach, Commentator
Height 1.87 m
Education Prince Alfred College, Adelaide
In a nutshell With a century in his first and last Tests, 22 others in between, and a career average of 53.86, Greg Chappell was the foremost Australian batsman of his generation. A formidable talent, he also had the iron self-will to harness his abilities to best effect. More
|Test debut||Australia v England at Perth, Dec 11-16, 1970 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v Pakistan at Sydney, Jan 2-6, 1984 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (SSC), Apr 30, 1983 scorecard|
|List A span||1968-1984|
Upright and unbending, with a touch of the tin soldier about his bearing, Greg Chappell was the outstanding Australian batsman of his generation. Though he had an appetite for big scores, it was his calm brow and courtly manner that bowlers found just as disheartening. He made a century in his first and final Tests, and 22 more in between - although perhaps the outstanding batting of his career left no trace on the record-books, his 621 runs at 69 in five unauthorised World Series Cricket "SuperTests" in the Caribbean in 1979, off a West Indian attack of unprecedented hostility. Less empathic as a captain than his elder brother Ian, he nonetheless won 21 of his 48 Tests and lost only 13. He lost the Ashes in 1977, but reclaimed them in 1982-83. His feat of scoring centuries in each innings of his captaincy debut is unequalled.
After retiring he went into coaching, spending some time with South Australia and working as a consultant at Pakistan's National Cricket Academy. He also worked as a commentator for ABC Radio. In May 2005 he was appointed coach of the Indian national cricket team on a two-year term - a stint that included a stormy public falling out with the captain, Sourav Ganguly.
Gideon Haigh on Chappell
He had talent, elegance and technique to burn, but more formidable was the discipline he imposed on himself
Greg Chappell performed superbly in different conditions against all opposition, and remains the best No. 4 batsman Australia have produced
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Australian Cricket Hall of Fame 2002
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