Greg played 87 test matches and captained Australia 48 times. He retired from test cricket in January 1984 as the highest run-getter in Australian test history (7,110) surpassing the previous record held by Sir Donald Bradman (6,996). This milestone was achieved in his last test appearance at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where he also set a new catching record for fieldsmen (122).
At his retirement, Greg also held the record for Australia for the most runs (380) scored in a single test match. His total of four double centuries in test cricket is second only behind Sir Donald Bradman for Australia, and he is the only Australian batsman since the Second World War to have scored a century before lunch in a test match. He is the only test captain ever to have achieved that feat.
To that time he was the only Australian to score a century in each innings of a test match on two occasions and the only test captain to make a century in each innings of his first test as captain. By scoring 182 in his last test innings Greg became the only test cricketer in history to score a century in his first and last test innings.
Greg was honoured by the Queen in 1979 with an MBE for services to cricket and was inducted into the Australian Sport Hall of Fame in December 1986. In December 2000 Greg was named in the Australian Test Team of the Century, in February 2002 he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and in January 2003 was named Australia's Fourth best cricketer ever behind Sir Donald Bradman, Shane Warne and Keith Miller. Greg was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in May 2003 and was named in the best Australian One-Day team in March 2007.
Since his retirement from cricket, Greg has served as a Board member with the Australian Cricket Board and Queensland Cricket and has served as a member of the Australian Cricketers Association Executive. Greg also served as an Australian cricket selector for five years from 1984-89 and has also worked as a cricket commentator for Channel Nine, Optus Sports vision, World Tel, ESPN, bSKYb and ABC radio.
The South Australian Cricket Association employed Greg as State Manager of Cricket from June 1998 to April 2003 where he was responsible for the development of elite cricket talent and coach of the Southern Redbacks. From 2005 to 2007 Greg was employed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as coach of the Indian National Cricket team. Following his stint with India Greg was the Director of Cricket at Rajasthan Cricket Association’s Future Cricket Academy in Jaipur until June 2008 when Cricket Australia then approached Greg to become head Coach at the Centre of Excellence. In October 2010 Greg was appointed as Cricket Australia’s National Talent Manager which includes being the first full time selector.
Greg is also a best-selling author with his health and lifestyle books, Greg Chappell's Health and Fitness Manual: A Book for Men (1998), Greg Chappell's Family Health and Fitness Manual (1999), and Fit for 50+: An Exercise Book for Men (2004).
Greg has a wide range of business interests in health, technology, primary production, sports goods and mining. With a partner, Ian Frazer, Greg developed the world's most successful cricket resources and coaching consultancy web site, chappellway.com, that was receiving over 100,000 hits per month from coaches and players around the world and through which they conducted coaching seminars in many parts of the cricket world prior to taking on the challenge of coaching in India. His latest book, published in November 2004 by Lothian Books, is titled The Making of Champions and has since been translated into several languages for distribution in the sub-continent. It is based on research that Greg did with Ian Frazer into the cricket champions from Bradman to the present day.
In his spare time Greg is Patron and a Board Member of the Leukaemia Foundation of SA having been a Trustee of the Leukaemia Foundation of Qld Capital Appeal from 1982-92 and a founding Board Member of the Leukaemia Foundation of NSW from 1995-96. Greg was also a Board Member of the Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital Foundation from 1980-92.
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