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The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) has today (December 12) honoured the three Chappell brothers and former Australian captain, Clem Hill, by naming the new Adelaide Oval grandstands after the famous South Australian cricketers.
The two eastern grandstands have been named The Chappell Stands, after the three famous South Australian brothers, Ian, Greg and Trevor. They were officially opened today, during lunch of the first day of the Adelaide Test, by their mother and daughter of Victor Richardson, Jeanne, in the presence of the three brothers.
Fittingly, the famous Victor Richardson gates are the backdrop to these festive new stands.
The southern grandstand, designed for both corporate and public use, has been named The Clem Hill Stand after former Australian and South Australian captain Clem Hill - the prolific run-scorer who holds the individual Sheffield Shield record run-scoring record of 365.
SACA President Ian McLachlan said we have named the eastern stands after the three sons of the most famous cricketing family in South Australia, probably Australia and maybe anywhere.
"The Chappells along with Clem Hill are arguably the most famous players this State has ever bred," he said.
Ian, the eldest of the three Chappell brothers, captained Australia from 1971 to 1975 and also captained South Australia for 56 matches. He averaged 42.42 in his 75 Tests for Australia and 48.35 in his 262 first-class appearances.
Former Redbacks coach, Greg Chappell, captained Australia in 48 Tests between 1975 and 1983 and averaged 53.86 in his 88 Test matches for Australia. He captained Queensland for 52 matches and amassed 24,535 runs in his 321 first-class appearances, and remains the fourth highest first-class run-scorer in Australia.
The youngest Chappell brother, Trevor, played in 88 first-class matches for Australia, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales between 1972 and 1986, including three Test matches.
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Clem Hill captained Australia during 1910 and 1912 and played in 49 Tests. He played 252 first-class matches between 1893 and 1925, with a total of 17,213 runs at an average of 43.57. As the first player to score a thousand runs in an Australian first-class season, Clem is etched into cricket folklore.
Five of Clem's brothers, Percival, Arthur, Henry, Leslie and Stanley, also represented South Australia at the first-class level.