Trevor Chappell adds fielding expertise to NSW Blues

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9 Oct 2019

New South Wales have turned to the youngest of the cricketing Chappell brothers in an effort to hone their fielding skills in the defence of their Sheffield Shield title.
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Trevor Chappell’s career was unfortunately overshadowed by one of the game’s greatest controversies – the underarm delivery he bowled against New Zealand more than 30 years ago, at the instruction of his brother and captain Greg – but the former Australian all-rounder was also a brilliant fieldsman.

It is a skill that let Australia down in the past fortnight in the United Arab Emirates – they dropped 11 catches in their 2-0 series hammering by Pakistan – and Chappell hopes his fielding expertise can rub off on the Blues.

“It doesn’t help when you’re dropping catches as well,” said the 62-year-old, who joined the NSW squad at training on Thursday at the request of acting head coach Geoff Lawson. “If the bowlers are struggling to get wickets, they need all the help they can get.

“I think it’s one of those things – when you’re under pressure, the fielding can lapse as well and when every wicket is important the fielders are under a bit more pressure.

“It’s great to be involved at this level again.”

A former national coach of Bangladesh, and fielding coach with Sri Lanka, Chappell’s fielding process was honed playing baseball, a game his decorated brothers Ian and Greg also loved before going on to captain Australia.

“I really enjoyed fielding myself,” Chappell said. “We all used to play baseball as well, up until they changed it to a summer game in the late 60s and that aspect of baseball I loved too, the fielding.

“It’s a vital part of cricket … and with the shorter versions of the game now you just can’t hide anybody anywhere. You can’t afford to have a weak link in the field really. Baseball has always been like that. You couldn’t have a weak second baseman or shortstop – you’ll keep letting people get on base. The same has probably always applied in cricket, but probably the last 30 years the importance of it has been shown. And the shorter the game gets, the more important the fielding gets.”

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