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Based on interviews by Ashley Mallet with Ian Chappell, this book presents Ian Chappell¯s reflections on his career, players he played with and against, and on current and past cricketing issues.
Ian Chappell, the man they call Chappelli, became ¯s Test cricket captain on . In 1959, a sixteen-year-old Chappell was told to write down his cricket ambitions on a piece of paper and carry it with him always as a constant reminder of what he wanted to achieve in the game.
So I took a piece of piece of paper and wrote, "My ambition is to captain ". Frankly, to this day I don¯t know why I wrote down these words because I don¯t think I had any great ambition to be captain of . I think what happened was that I thought, "What is the highest thing you could achieve in Australian cricket?". The answer was logically to captain . So that¯s what I wrote on my piece of paper. I still had it in my wallet the very day I learnt that I was to be picked to be Test captain in 1971. It had done its job, so after some time I threw it away.¯
In Chappelli Speaks Out, the man many regard to be one of Australia¯s greatest Test captains, talks frankly with Ashley Mallet about his years in cricket, other cricketers both past and present, the administration of the game and his involvement in sometimes controversial social causes such as the campaign against refugee detention centres. This is the story of a man who is as forthright as he is fair, and who led Australian cricket through its most successful and its most turbulent times.
About the Author
Ashley Mallett¯s cricket ambition was to take 100 Test wickets, a feat he achieved in his twenty-third Test for , and one shared with Shane Warne and Graham McKenzie. During Ian Chappell¯s reign as Test captain, Ashely became a complete bowler and is generally regarded as ¯s best exponent of spin bowling. He provided Chappelli with a reliable and steady foil at one end to the likes of Lillee and Thomson during the famous 1973-Ashes series. Ashley now runs Spin , an international spin bowling coaching program, and works regularly with the likes of ¯s Dan Cullen, ¯s Gareth Batty and ¯s Daniel Vettori. He is also author of twenty-three books
Table of Contents
A Piece of Paper
fearless at the Wicket
1972: The Defining Tour
Ashes to Ashes
A Year to Remember
Duelling with Bradman and Botham
World Series Cricket
and the 1868 Australians
Heroes have Heroes Too