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Interview with Trevor Chappell

  • On the infamous underarm ball: Trevor Chappell recalls his infamous underarm ball in a one-dayer against New Zealand some 19 years ago. He considers whether it was a reflection on his bowling ability that Big Brother Greg didn't trust him to close out the game from that situation. And also whether he has any regrets over the affair. [ Audio | Video ]

  • His famous siblings: Trevor Chappell reflects on whether he lived forever in the shadow of the achievements of his famous siblings and on their influence on his own game. [ Audio | Video ]

  • Century against India in '83 World Cup: Chappell's memories of his hundred against India in the 1983 World Cup. And on Australia's elimination at the hands of the same opponents in the return match, a de facto quarter final, and his own swansong in international cricket. [ Audio | Video ]

  • As a fielding coach: Chappell on what motivated him to take up the role of fielding coach, still something of a novelty in international cricket, of the Sri Lankan team. [ Audio | Video ]

  • Fielding in Subcontinent: Subcontinent teams haven't been able to match the fielding standards of sides like Australia and South Africa. Chappell suggests possible factors but also adds that Sri Lanka have an advantage over other teams in one respect. Listen to his observations. [ Audio | Video ]

  • His association with the Sri Lankan team: Chappell comments on the specific areas he is working on with the Sri Lankan team and whether there are any perceptible ways in which the team has improved since he has taken over. [ Audio | Video ]
  • On the need for specialised field positions: Chappell discusses whether fielders should be encouraged to specialise in a particular position or primed to adjust to the demands of any position in the field. He also comments on whether his duties encompass tactical planning like the setting of different field placings for different batsmen to effect dismissals. [ Audio 1 | Video 1 | Audio 2 | Video 2 ]

  • On the best fielder in Sri Lankan team: Chappell is in the ideal position to be able to decide who are the best fielders in the Sri Lankan team. "Murali keeps telling me he's the best fielder in the team and wants me to agree with him all the time", says Chappell. Here are his assessments of the fielding abilities of virtually the entire Sri Lankan team. [ Audio | Video ]

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