On Friday December 3, just days out from the First Vodafone AshesTest, former Australian skipper Greg Chappell will head a star-studded line-up of guest speakers at the Summer of Cricket Lunch at the Queensland Cricketers’ Club.
Chappell, who captained Australia 48 times during an 87-Test career, was playing in his first Gabba Test when the infamous “sandshoe crusher” rattled English skipper Tony Greig and set the tone for the series ahead.
That 1974 game has since gone down in cricket folklore as it launched a summer of torment on the tourists from fiery Australian pace duo, Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson.
After a young Tony Greig had scored a century in the first innings, “Thommo” famously broke his spirit, and that of the visitors, with a devastating yorker during a blistering six-wicket spell in the second innings.
Not only was Chappell front and centre to witness the bowling blitz but he also scored half-centuries in both innings on the way to becoming Australia’s premier batsman of the era.
The Gabba was a ground on which Chappell excelled, scoring five Test centuries from just seven Tests at the venue, and racking up 1006 runs at an average of 111.77.
He captained the Australian team which enjoyed a thumping 166-run win at the Gabba in 1982 on its way to regaining the Ashes.
Joining Chappell on stage at the Summer of Cricket Lunch will be:
· Former England one-day skipper Adam Hollioake, who will be ideally placed to give an insight into his country’s traditional struggles at the Gabba;
· Brisbane Heat WBBL captain Jess Jonassen, who has played three Tests for Australia and has just become the first woman to play 100 WBBL games. Along with reliving the Heat season, Jess will cast her sights ahead to the women’s Ashes series in January;
· Robert “Crash” Craddock, one of the country’s finest sports and cricket journalists
· Renowed Australian poet Rupert McCall.
The four-course lunch, including paired Barossa wines from Chateau Tanunda, will be hosted by Channel 7’s Pat Welsh and Kendall Gilding.
Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said the lunch was the perfect launch for an exciting summer of cricket ahead.
“With all eyes turning to the Gabba for the first ball of the Ashes series on Wednesday December 8, what better way to set the tone than with our annual Summer of Cricket Lunch.
“This will be one of the most highly anticipated Ashes showdowns for some time. This lunch will launch not only what shapes as an enthralling first Test but will also look ahead to the Women’s Ashes, review the Brisbane Heat’s WBBL season and preview the BBL.”
All proceeds from the lunch will go towards the Queensland Cricket Foundation, funding initiatives to create positive differences in this state’s communities.
To book, go to Summer Of Cricket Lunch
18 November 2021