Ian Chappell

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When world cricket's finest captains are discussed, Ian Chappell's name is invariably among the front-runners.

The South Australian-born right hand-batsman captained Australia in 30 Tests between 1971 and 1975 and while he was in charge Australia didn't lose a series. Ian Chappell made his Test debut against Pakistan in Melbourne in 1964 and played his final Test against England on the same ground 16 years later. He scored 5,345 runs at 42.42 in his 75 Test appearances, including 14 centuries, with a highest score of 196 against Pakistan in Adelaide in 1972. In Tests, his leg spinners returned him 20 wickets and his safe slips hands 105 catches.

With his playing days behind him, the 1976 Wisden Cricketer of the Year focused on a new career - as a cricket commentator with the Nine Network and several overseas broadcasters and as a cricket writer. He has excelled at both.

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