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Greg Chappell's baggy green: The consummate all-rounder

Greg Chappell's baggy green: The consummate all-rounder

A colour daytime photograph of a male cricketer. He is a batsman and has been photographed while playing a shot. He faces to the right of the photo and holds his bat vertically at head height with the blade pointing up. His left leg is held so that his left foot is off the ground. His right leg is extended slightly behind him. To the left of the photo is a set of cricket stumps. On the ground under the batsman are the markings for the batting crease. The cricket ball has been caught in mid-flight toward the bottom of the photo. In the background can be seen the trousered legs of the square leg umpire. He stands in between two other cricket pitch surfaces.

Gregory Stephen Chappell came from a cricketing family.

His grandfather, 'Vic' Richardson, played 19 Tests for Australia and his father, Martin Chappell, was a noted grade cricketer in Adelaide.

Greg's elder brother Ian and younger brother Trevor also became Test cricketers.

The family's backyard cricket matches were obviously an excellent training ground!

Left: Australian batsman Greg Chappell at the crease, 1980s. Courtesy: Bob Thomas, Getty Images.

Chappell made his first-class debut at age 18 and made a century in his first innings with the Australian team. By 1973, he was the leading Australian batsman and a national celebrity. Four years later, however, Chappell controversially left Test cricket for the breakaway World Series Cricket competition, taking the opportunity to earn a reasonable income playing cricket. He returned as Test captain in 1979 and retired in 1983.

Chappell was an exceptional all-round player. He was an elegant, stroke-playing batsman and, at the time of his retirement, holder of the world record for the most catches in Test cricket.