Australia bank on Chappell

Jaipur, September 23:

Ricky Ponting’s Australia are looking for inside knowledge from former India coach Greg Chappell to help the tourists win the four-Test series in India.

Chappell, an ex-Australian captain and batting legend, coached India from 2005-2007 before taking over as head of Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Brisbane this year. He returns to India as assistant coach of the 15-man Australian squad with the primary aim of guiding the young squad on what is widely regarded as one of the toughest cricketing tours.

Australian pace bowler Brett Lee said he was delighted that the tourists can use Chappell’s knowledge of Indian conditions for the series starting in Bangalore on October 9.

“We will definitely be picking his brains for every little bit of knowledge and experience he’s gained,” Lee said. “Being a former India coach is one of the reasons he’s here, but also for his experience as a past Australian captain and player and what he’s achieved.”