Gregory Stephen Chappell
August 07, 1948, Unley, Adelaide, South Australia
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Right arm Medium
Top order Batter
Prince Alfred College, Adelaide
Upright and unbending, with a touch of the tin soldier about his bearing, Greg Chappell was the outstanding Australian batter 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 his single most outstanding batting performance, 620 runs at 69 in five unauthorised World Series Cricket Super Tests in the Caribbean in 1978-79, off a West Indian attack of unprecedented hostility, left no trace on the record books.
Less empathetic 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. The home summer before that, he made hundreds in three consecutive Tests, against New Zealand and England. He was the first batter to score centuries in each innings of his captaincy debut. In his final Test, he broke Don Bradman's Australian record for most runs in a career.
Chappell was a masterful one-day batter as well, but he is most remembered in the format for being the captain who asked a bowler, his younger brother Trevor, to bowl underarm when New Zealand's tailenders needed six off the last ball to tie a game in Melbourne.
After retiring he went into coaching, spending some time with South Australia and working as a consultant at Pakistan's National Cricket Academy. He had several stints as an Australian selector, from the '80s to the 2010s, and also as a national talent manager. In May 2005 he was appointed coach of the Indian team - a stint that included a stormy public falling out with the captain, Sourav Ganguly, and ended after India's early exit from the 2007 World Cup.
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