Cricket: Aussie Chappell's Show of Support for Mersey Study
Byline: By DAVID JONES
A NEW book by former Australian captain Greg Chappell has been described as "dynamite" by a local author who has been acknowledged in the tome.
Chappell, who played 87 Tests and skippered his country 48 times, has written a coaching book based on studies of some of the world's greatest cricketers over several decades.
But his views could send shock waves through the corridors of coaching power with assessments that effectively pour scorn on traditional methods of teaching.
On the straight backlift, Chappell says: "One of the worst mistakes a batsman can make. The straight backlift is one of the great myths of cricket."
He believes timing, not tech-nique, is what makes successful cricketers. "I simply get youngsters to watch the ball and move.
"If we try to teach kids by rote we are likely to destroy their confidence and lots of kids will lose interest."
These words are music to the ears of Tony Shillinglaw, cricket coach and writer of 'Bradman Revisited - The Legacy of Donald Bradman'.
Shillinglaw and his book, which he co-wrote with friend Brian Hale, are acknowledged in Chappell's bibliography, and he said: "Chappell's views are certainly revolutionary. …