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Last Updated: Friday, 20 May, 2005, 07:04 GMT 08:04 UK
Chappell named as new India coach
CHAPPELL FACTFILE
Greg Chappell
Born: Unley 7.8.48
87 Tests
7,110 runs, average 53.86, 24x100, 31x50, highest score 247no v New Zealand 1974
74 ODIs
2,331 runs, average 40.18, 3x100, 14x50, highest score 138no v New Zealand 1980
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell has been confirmed as the new coach of India's national team.

He was chosen from a short-list which also included Tom Moody, Desmond Haynes and Mohinder Amarnath.

It is second time lucky for Chappell, who was overlooked when New Zealander John Wright was given the job in 2000.

"It was a unanimous decision. His contract will be for two years until June 2007," said Board of Control president Ranbir Singh Mahendra.

Chappell will take charge for the first time in August when India visit Sri Lanka in August for a one-day competition, also involving West Indies.

And he could find himself in opposition to fellow Australian Moody, who is now seen as a clear favourite to become Sri Lanka's new coach.

Asked how much time he would be giving to the job, Chappell replied: "24 x 7 x 365 days till the 2007 World Cup."

He added: "I have my own coaching philosophy. We're not talking about rocket science - it's a simple game and I want to keep things simple."

The 56-year-old comes from a famous cricket family, with grandfather Victor Richardson and brothers Ian and Trevor also playing Test cricket for Australia.

Greg has tremendous knowledge and experience
Former India Test player
Farokh Engineer
But he was the most naturally talented of them all and marked his debut appearance by scoring 108 in an Ashes Test against England at Perth.

Chappell was one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year in 1972 and three years ago was inducted into Australia's Cricket Hall of Fame.

He led Australia in 48 of his 87 Tests, winning 21, although his spell in charge was interrupted by his involvement in Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket, which ran from 1977 to 1979.

Chappell was involved in controversy in 1981 when he ordered his younger brother Trevor to bowl the final ball of a one-day match against New Zealand under-arm to prevent them hitting the six runs needed for victory.

"If I had my time again, I wouldn't do it," he said, reflecting on the incident 20 years later.

Most of Chappell's coaching experience has been at domestic level with South Australia, but he has worked as a consultant at Pakistan's national academy and last year was linked with the job of West Indies coach.

He also has his own coaching website, chappellway.com.

"I am not disappointed. I wish him luck," said Amarnath, who was the sole Indian candidate for the post once Sandeep Patil indicated he did not wish his name to be considered.

Former board president Raj Singh Dungarpur said the committee appointed to conduct the selection process had done "a wonderful job".

He added: "Tom Moody may not have measured up to the job. But at the same time, Greg has to prove himself as a coach."


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