Mr Greg Chappell MBE
An icon in world cricket, renowned for his contribution as a player, coach, selector, commentator and administrator, Greg Chappell is one of Queensland sport’s favourite adopted sons.
Having moved north from South Australia in 1973, he is now as much Queensland as the Gabba and the Queensland Bulls, and a wonderful choice as the 13th Legend in the Queensland Sports Hall of Fame.
The best player in the game in his prime, he was revered for his pure batting artistry. Indeed, there isn’t a long-standing cricketing fan anywhere in the world who doesn’t recall the man they called ‘God’ standing tall as he punched the ball back past the bowler or drove it elegantly through the covers.
With a century in his first and last Tests, and 22 others in between, he topped Sir Donald Bradman to become Australia’s leading all-time Test run-scorer in 1994 – an honor he held for three years before he was surpassed by Allan Border.
By his retirement in 1984 he’d scored more than 11,000 runs in 87 Tests at an average of 54, and had taken a then world record 122 Test catches.
Also known for his iron will and ruthless competitiveness, he captained Australia 48 times at Test level in two stints split by World Series Cricket – a revolution in which, as the incumbent Test skipper, he was a hugely influential figure in the regeneration of world cricket.
He also helped to transform the Queensland Sheffield Shield side from competition easybeats to trend-setters, and although he never enjoyed a Shield triumph he was as pleased and proud as any when finally the Bulls broke their long drought in 1995.
In 61 first-class matches for Queensland he scored almost 6000 runs, with 21 centuries, was a member of the State’s first two domestic one-day championship teams, and the first Sheffield Shield final side.
Fittingly, he was made a Member of the British Empire for his services to cricket in 1979, and was inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.
A former Indian national coach, he now plays a pivotal role in the future of Australian cricket as National Talent Manager, ensuring the Chappell legacy will live on long and strong. A legend in every regard.