- The Chappell Years Cricket in the '70s
ABC Books/Australian Broadcasting Corporation Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 2002.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 208pp., with 16pp. of full-colour plates and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; light rubbing to the board edges. Dustwrapper lightly edgeworn. Very good to near fine. "Neither a supreme stylist nor a statistical titan, Ian Chappell was a fearless batsman who hooked and pulled with an indomitable spirit throughout his career, eager to attack and score briskly. Across two full decades of first-class cricket he always strode purposefully to the crease with an upturned collar and a compulsion to fidget, repeatedly marking out his guard and adjusting his protector in a series of idiosyncratic tics. Upon facing up his first movement was invariably back and across the crease, ready to play favoured horizontal bat strokes. Chappell was stumped only twice in his first hundred Test innings. Richie Benaud once labelled his supple footwork to spinners 'close to perfect'. He took some time to find his feet as an international batsman, but once promoted to No 3 in the 1968-69 home summer against the West Indies, he flourished and made the spot his own. ...It's no coincidence that Ian Chappell never lost a single Test series as Australian captain. Though he'd inherited a mess after Bill Lawry's exit, his men lived and breathed the Gospel of Chappelli and he extracted every ounce of ability from them. 'The most important objective in my cricket life was to win the respect of the players in my team,' Chappell once said. According to one of his charges, John Benaud, players were 'forever volunteering to walk on water for him'." wrote Russell Jackson. Cricket was hardly ready for the 1970s. Suddenly, the game changed - deeply and completely. Its audience was broadened, its philosophy modified, its standards, values, look and language all evolved at breakneck speed. Ian Chappell was at the forefront of this revolution, almost from the moment he became Test captain. So many of the game's most pressing issues, greatest moments and biggest controversies revolve around the plain-speaking Chappell and his men who established themselves as the finest team in the world. This book provides a lively succession of revealing, poignant and amusing anecdotes. The book is a companion volume to the ABC program 'Cricket in the '70s'.
Click here to order