Chappell interacts with physio, trainer

Published: Friday, June 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:A day after formally taking over as Coach of the Indian cricket team, Greg Chappell today got down to some serious business -- interacting with his support staff, trainer Gregory King and physio John Gloster to get the bigger picture.

The 56-year-old former Australian captain was closetted with King, who has already given him reports on various players, and Gloster at National Cricket Academy, where hewould be based during his tenure.

"Greg (Gregory King) has a broad programme (on the upcoming camps); I have got some ideas that I would like to put into it", Chappell said.

First camp would be for fringe fast bowlers towards the end of the month, followed by the conditioning camp for national probables for the forthcoming triangular series inSri Lanka and followed by the cricket camp for the full squad thereafter.

The tri-series, featuring India, West Indies and hosts Sri Lanka is scheduled to be held from July 26 and India's first match is tentatively slated for August one.

"I have some ideas on the winning formla (for the tri-series)", Chappell said. Stressing on the need to get the basics right and consistently, he observed: "I think, we sometimes can be in danger of trying to do something that isreally basically very simple".

Chappell also had a discussion with Col. K R Nair, the administrative manager of NCA; he was also seen talking to Under-22 players who are attending a camp here.

Gloster said in terms of fitness, Indian players are on par with those in top cricket playing nations.

Chappell also stressed on fitness: "To play international cricket, you have to be fit".

Meanwhile, he has another task in hand.

He has to pick the house from among the ones short-listed by Karnataka State Cricket Association and NCA officials in the vicinity of M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Currently, Chappell and his wife Judith are staying in a plush Bangalore hotel.

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