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Chappell to coach Australia youth

Greg Chappell
Chappell was also an advisor to Rajasthan Cricket Association's Centre of Excellence

Former Australia captain Greg Chappell has been appointed head coach of the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence.

The 60-year-old, whose two-year stint as India coach ended after a poor World Cup in 2007, succeeds Tim Neilsen, who was promoted to first-team coach.

Chappell said: "I have a lot to offer the younger players, especially in the mental area of the game."

The former batsman was captain for 48 of his 87 tests in the 1970s and 80s, scoring 7,110 runs at 53.86.

His tenure as India coach came to an abrupt end after the World Cup in the West Indies where they lost to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to be knocked out in the group stage.

Chappell has signed a three-year deal to oversee the development of Australia's next generation of players.

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He added: "It is an exciting time, not just for Australian cricket but world cricket as a whole.

"In some ways, it is quite reminiscent of the mid-1980s when I was involved.

"Australian cricket is again going through a period of rebuilding after what has been a very successful era."

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said: "Greg brings to the role a great deal of experience as player, captain and coach.

"His recent coaching experiences in India add to the key lessons and insights he will offer Australia's emerging talent.

"This is a key appointment for Australian Cricket."


see also
Chappell quits as coach of India
04 Apr 07 |  Cricket
Under-fire Chappell on defensive
26 Mar 07 |  Cricket
Chappell to show India the way
20 May 05 |  Cricket
Chappell in Windies link
06 Oct 04 |  West Indies


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