Learning from Ian Chappell

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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13th December, 2011
I’ve heard this story a number of times from a number of Australians. It may not be true, but I believe it reveals a wider truth. The year is 1974. The first cricket test of the Australian summer is about to get under way at the Gabba ground in Brisbane, with England defending the Ashes. Ray Illingworth, the victorious England captain on the previous tour, has set the tone by channelling Lance-Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army: the Aussies talk a good game, he says, but they don’t like it up ’em. In the home ...

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