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Trevor Martin Chappell (born 12 October 1952, Glenelg, South Australiamarker) is a former Australian cricketer, a member of the South Australianmarker Chappell family which excelled at cricket. He played 3 tests and 20 One Day Internationals for Australia, in which his batting was lacklustre but his bowling was strong enough to make him a bowling all-rounder for Australia.

His career was overshadowed, however, by an incident in 1981 in which he bowled an underarm delivery to New Zealand cricketer Brian McKechnie to stop the batsman from hitting a six.

After retiring from first class cricket in 1986, Chappell went on to coach the Bangladesh cricket team and became a fielding coach for the Sri Lankan cricket team

Early life

Trevor was the youngest of the Chappell cricketing brothers. Trevor attended the prestigious South Australian Private School, Prince Alfred Collegemarker and was a star schoolboy cricketer, meeting the high standards set for him by his brothers Ian Chappell and Greg Chappell.

He debuted for South Australia in the 1972-73 season, but in 1976 he changed to Western Australia before finally settling with New South Wales in 1979. Chappell played his best cricket with New South Wales and a 150 against Western Australia led to his selection in the Ashes series of 1981.

International career

He played 3 Test matches on the 1981 Ashes tour and played 20 One Day Internationals including the 1983 World Cup in England.

His lack of solid performance in the three Ashes tests led to his dropping from the test side. He scored a total of 79 runs and did not pass 30, he wasn't given an over to bowl in the tests. However, in One Day Internationals, he was far more successful as a bowling all-rounder for the Australian cricket team. He played in the Benson and Hedges World Series, the Prudential Trophy and the 1983 Cricket World Cup

In his One day international debut against New Zealand, he managed only 12 runs and went wicketless. For the remainder of his ODI career, his batting would remain the same, he crossed 20 only twice and crossed 30 only once, that particular innings against India ended on 110 and became his first and only century in international cricket. However, his bowling improved and he ended his one-day international career averaging 28.31. He got 3 wickets in a match twice, both in the World Cup.

Underarm incident

He unwittingly and reluctantly became infamous after bowling an underarm delivery when playing for Australia during a match against New Zealand in 1981, an incident still often described as the lowest point in the history of cricket. The teams were contesting the final of the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup. With only one ball left to be bowled, New Zealand needed to score six runs to tie the match. This would require the batsman to hit the ball over the boundary on the full. Following the instruction of his brother Greg Chappell who was the Australian captain, Trevor rolled the ball along the ground to batsman Brian McKechnie.

Although it was not illegal to bowl underarm at the time, it was widely accepted to be contrary to the spirit of the game. McKechnie could do little but block the ball to avoid being dismissed, and Australia won the game. It was described as "the most disgusting incident I can recall in the history of cricket" by the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rob Muldoon. Underarm bowling is no longer permitted.

Later life

Chappell retired from first-class cricket in 1986, however he continued to play grade cricket with the North Sydney cricket club and went on to coach the Gordon Women's cricket club. He was also engaged with the Sri Lankan cricket team and Bangladesh cricket team in coaching. He was a fielding coach for Sri Lanka and had a short stint as national coach for Bangladesh.

In 2003, Chappell, along with his brothers, were honoured by the South Australian Cricket Association when a new stand in the Adelaide Ovalmarker was named the Chappell Stand after the famous cricketing brothers.

Trevor now enjoys the responsibility of coaching The Kings School, Parramattamarker 1st XI cricket team, to which he has driven to great success. From July to September 2009, he undertook a 50-day stint as coach of Singapore for its ICC World Cricket League Division 6 tournament, held in Singapore.


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