The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on February 8, 1981 · Page 9
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The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia · Page 9

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Sunday, February 8, 1981
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llfisfliil IAN CHAPPELL helps explain the puzzling character of last week's most controversial cricketer, the man who ordered the underarm ball. Dad told us to play to the rules, says Ian, He ain't heavy, he's my brother. That song tide used to Australia, it was exactly be true in my case; but - the same. Greg has put on some weight since he moved to Queensland. Moving . to Queensland has been good for Greg. I'm sure the added weight - has made him stronger physically. His batting has boomed in an almosphere of. having to make a gopd percentage of the Queensland runs himself. ... ..' .. " He was made captain of Queensland on his arrival and very quickly became - Greg - Chappell, captain ' and cricketer, whereas ; in Adelaide he was known more as Greg Chappell, brother of. Ian, captain and cricketer. In business Greg has made the most of his opportunities in Queensland and he has improved quickly under the guidance of his close '. friend and business acquaintance, Barry Maranta. Arguing Greg was . always going to do well in business. He once told his father, Mar- : tin, when lie was a youngster, "I will be rich and live in a big house." When we" were kids dad often would give us v two shillings for a packet of Jaffas (two bob used to go a long way then). If I took the money I would invariably bring back the shilling change, " if Greg took the money -he would go on a spending spree and come back e m p t y-handed, apart from lollies. In business he is prepared to speculate to accumulate. As kids we used to argue a lot over two things. . Cricket and younger- brother - Trevor. These days we. still argue occasionally, but we arc, pretty close, having played - and" worked, together a lot. " The cricket ... matches played in the backyard were, 'always very competitive and I can never remember easing up because I.' . was playing against my younger brother. It was always a . mnttfM- nf tmini flat 'nut because T was uo acainst ' :- take heed. a good batsman and he I was never out hand- was damned . hard to get .ling the ball in. my whole I remember calling mum when I arrived back from Brisbane and she asked: "How's Greg settling in." I replied: "He's fine. Oh, and by the way, we had an argument on the field in the first five minutes." "I am not" surprised," was mum's resigned answer. I think her only regret was that she wasn't there to sort it out. - It's not -surprising that all three of us are very competitive. We were taught well from an early age. . Dad. was a better than average district cricketer and as a kid I used to go to all his games. He always says that is how I learnt to swear from being in. dressing rooms as a youngster.. ,.. Two incidents in dad's : career stand out vividly in my memory. Both were in club matches between Glenelg,' dad's, team and West Torrens, arch rivals in those days.' Martin was the captain of- the third-grade side in his last season and he was in charge of a talented bunch of youngsters.' West Torrens also had a good young team captained by a senior player named Gordon Tuck. A young player for West Torrens picked up the ball to stop it from rolling on to his wicket while he was batting. On appeal from Martin, he was given out handling the ball. . The youngster was a, little nonplussed, he ob- mtc r.nrAnn Tiilr ,- ttler StlCKing incensed. He . demanded dad call the- batsman - back. . But the ; decision stood. . On the ; way home in the car dad explained, the rule to me and told me you never touch the ball - with your hands . when you're batting. J He said, "It 'was a good lesson for " all . the5. youngsters playing in the it up and toss It over, I couldn't be swayed. The other incident occurred in the semifinal. - r Gordon Tuck . was going along pretty well when West Torrens was chasing a big Glenelg total. He had a habit of playing the . ball into the infield and walking out of his crease to "garden" our expression for tapping down pieces of turf with the end of the bat. Dad was fielding in the short cover position and when he picked up one of Tuck's shots with him well out of his crease, dad warned that if he continued to do so he was likely to be run out. ", Tuck didn't- heed the advice and he . was - soon run out when one of the young Glenelg players' threw the stumps down and appealed. Again Gordon Tuck wanted dad to reverse the decision. Again ' the plea fell on deaf ears. I have never been dismissed in this fashion, but was involved in the running out of Bob Lang-er in similar circumstances during a Shield match. Arguments over Trevor were generally older bro- up for younger brotner wnen any trouble started. 1 Trevor is the quietest of the three of us, but he is a tough little customer with a great sense of loyalty. Once he went around for a fortnight . with a broken collarbone, still fielding and throwing the ball ". in our backyard cricket matches. It wasn't until he com- tinued to hit his favourite legside shot in the air and eventually his coach relented and, allowed him to continue doing it his way. . Today he is one of the finest onside players in the game and he hits that same shot off his hip better than anyone eke I've seen. ,,; : In temperament I have always considered Greg and I to be very similar, but to outsiders he has always appeared more sedate and circumspect.. He has an ability to keep things to himself. Once I read Greg's personality profile to him after he had answered the questionnaire. In part it said that, he was not likely to stay in the employ of someone who didn't pay . him . what he felt he was worth. He laughingly replied, "I bet the ACB would have liked to have known about that before World Series . Cricket . came along." Like Bjorn Borg, who started out with a fiery temperament, Greg Chappell . has disciplined himself to be the ice cool man in most situations. " Incredibly both these top sportsmen, who . are considered relentless and without emotions, have had a lapse in 1981. Perhaps it Is a sign of the great strain they .are under trying to remain at the top of their chosen profession. Like Borg, Greg didn't let his lapse- upset his personal performance. : y Borg went on and beat McEnroe ; after arguing with the umpire . . . Greg played a match-winning innings of 87 after the underarm incident . in mltCu j d you should ' plained to mum, two Melbourne last weekend. out. The arguments would start when one of us didn't think he was out and we would go at it hammer and tongs. Mum would usually hear the din and come out to settle the argument by making, a calculated decision according to which son was most outraged. When we first played against each other in a Sheffield Shield match, Queensland V South career and never once did I pick up the ball on the field when I was batting. If the ball was lying at my feet and one of my brothers asked me to pick weeks after he fell off the fence, that his arm was hurting that an x-ray showed the reason for the pain. As a young player, Greg was always very confident of. his own ability. Despite advice to the contraiy, he con- If Greg decides to va cate the captaincy and not tour England, as is being suggested, it will leave a big hole in the Australian team. It will also leave a big hole in the lives of our parents, Jeanne and Martin Chappell. TLike Bjorn Borg . . . Greg has disciplined himself ro be the ice cool man . . . incredibly, both have had a lapse- in 1981. y VALUE ADDED TAX OR WHOLESALE TAX which the government may Introduce shortly will increase the price of most consumer goods, especially . FURS! 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