|Full name||Gregory Shipperd|
13 November 1956 |
Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 2 January 2011|
Gregory Shipperd (born 13 November 1956 in Subiaco, Western Australia) is an Australian first-class cricketer who is the current coach of the Sydney Sixers. He was also the coach of Delhi Daredevils. As a player he represented Western Australia from 1977–78 to 1984–85 and finished his career with the Tasmania in 1990–91. He went on to coach Tasmania and the Victoria, as well as stints as coach of Twenty-20 cricket franchises Melbourne Stars and Delhi Daredevils.
A right-hand top-order batsman, Shipperd never played a Test or ODI for Australia, but was part of two rebel tours to South Africa in 1985–86, and in 1986–87. On the 1985–86 tour Shipperd scored 397 runs at 28.35, with a top score of 79. On the second tour he played in one match scoring 53 runs at 26.50.
In his 112 first-class cricket matches he made 6806 runs at 42.27. He was a member of the Western Australia side that won the Sheffield Shield in 1980–81 and in 1983–84. His highest score of 200 not out was made from 571 balls at the WACA, playing for Tasmania. In the same year he scored the slowest first-class century ever by an Australian, taking 481 minutes to score his hundred.
Shipperd's first head coaching role was with the Tasmania. He coached Tasmania for 11 seasons and guided them to their maiden Sheffield Shield final in 1993–94. Under Shipperd, Tasmania made the final again in 1997–98 and 2001–02.
Moving back to Victoria, Shipperd became assistant coach of Victoria. He took over in 2004 when David Hookes was killed. He led Victoria their first Pura Cup title since 1990–91. In total he coached Victoria to 4 Sheffield Shield titles (2003/04, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2014/15), one National One-Day Cup (2010/11) and four Big Bash titles (2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2009/10). At the end of the 2014/15 season Victoria decided to part ways with Shipperd despite winning the Sheffield Shield.
With the introduction of the Big Bash League for the 2011/12 season, Shipperd was named the inaugural coach of the Melbourne Stars. He led the Stars to the finals in all four seasons in charge but each time they were to suffer defeat in the semi-finals. After the 2014–15 Big Bash League season he was removed from his position as head coach.
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