Chappell in to bat for brother

By Steve Spinks

Trevor Chappell knows his brother Greg was expecting a tough time as the coach of the Indian cricket side.

After all, India is probably the most passionate cricket nation on the planet.

But even the controversy that has dogged Greg Chappell and Indian captain Sourav Ganguly in recent weeks has surprised the youngest of the Chappell brothers.

Chappell and Ganguly made headlines in India when the Australian sent an email to the Indian Cricket Board calling for the Indian skipper to be sacked.

The email was then circulated to the media.

Trevor, who is in Lismore this week as the coach of the Kings School's cricket teams which are playing Far North Coast Under-17s and Under-16s, knows his brother will not back down.

"I haven't spoken to him yet," Trevor said.

"Hopefully it has settled down a bit now, but it would have disappointed Greg that it became so public.

"He's not going to accept things the way they are and they brought him in to do a job.

"The results reflect on him, so he wants to do the things that he considers will get him the best results."

Trevor is sure his brother can ride out the storm.

"I'm sure he expected to have some rough times," he said.

"But he has to do what he believes is the best for Indian cricket."

This is not Chappell's first visit to Lismore.

In fact he has played at Oakes Oval several times: During the World Series Cricket days of the late 1970s; the Sheffield Shield match between NSW and Queensland in 1979-80; and a few Tooheys Country Cup games.

With his playing days past him, Chappell now concentrates on his junior coaching roles.

"I mainly coach the firsts and the under-age teams at Kings," he said.

"We've been on various tours this year, including a trip to England in the winter.

"On the way back I coached in Sri Lanka a bit in a junior private academy."

The former all-rounder, who played three Tests for Australia, believes Shane Watson is the all-rounder who could potentially fill an Andrew Flintoff-type role for Australia.

"He seems keen enough to do it with what he's said in the press," Chappell said.

"Last night (Wednesday night's World XI v Australia one-dayer) is the best I've seen him bowl and everyone knows he can bat with what he did in England this year.

"We have to find an all-rounder somewhere."

As for Australia's performance in the Ashes series?

"It was obviously disappointing, but I don't think Australia ever really hit their straps.

"They started to at the end of the one-dayers and late in the First Test but then the wheels fell off and England bowled very well."

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