‘True pioneer’: CA lauds Aussie legend as half-century connection ends
Greg Chappell has announced his retirement.Source:Getty Images
A connection with Australia’s cricket team stretching back half a century has ended with Greg Chappell announcing his retirement.
The former Test captain had been Cricket Australia’s national talent manager for the past nine years as well as a national selector.
Chappell will finish both roles on September 30.
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The 71-year-old made his Test debut in 1970 and played 87 Tests and 74 one-day internationals for Australia - often alongside brothers Ian and Trevor.
He captained Australia in 48 Tests and sparked the infamous “underarm” incident during a one-day international against New Zealand in 1981 when he directed younger brother Trevor to deliver the final ball along the ground with the tourists needing a six to tie the match at the MCG.
He held a number of off-field roles after his playing retirement in 1984 including a tumultuous period as India’s head coach from 2005-07. Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts lauded Chappell’s contribution to the game.
“Greg has had a profound and positive impact on cricket for generations,” Roberts said.
“Greg was one of the finest players in the history of International cricket. Additionally, as a captain, coach, selector and mentor, Greg has been a true pioneer and innovator.
“His passion and commitment to the game are clear to anyone who has interacted with him and Australian cricket is all the stronger for his involvement.”
Chappell’s retirement has forced changes to Cricket Australia’s high performance set-up.
Former South Australian wicketkeeper Graham Manou will take over an expanded role of national talent and pathway manager.
A search for a new national selector is underway with a replacement to be announced at a later date.
Originally published as‘True pioneer’: CA lauds Aussie legend as half-century connection ends