Ian Chappell

Cricket commentator for Channel 9, and a columnist

Steve Waugh, Michael Clarke and Mark Taylor pose for the cameras at the 2013 Ashes squad announcement

Clarke second only to Taylor as captain

He was proactive and tactically aware, making it clear to both the opposition and his own team that he was seeking victory from ball one

Ian Bell, Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali celebrate the key wicket of Steve Smith

Decision on No. 3 emblematic of England's problems

The mauling at Lord's means once again England are being reactive in terms of who bats at one-drop. It also means they are likely to shed their new-found aggression

Joe Root leaves the field to a standing ovation after his outstanding 134

Get Root higher up at No. 3

England should look to make the most of his potential because unlike Gary Ballance, he does not get bogged down against pace or spin

Mitchell Johnson appeals for a wicket

Pace is gonna get you

Despite England's recent surge, Australia will likely prevail in the Ashes thanks to their lethal pace attack, which is suited to all types of pitches

Michael Clarke celebrates his century

Australia should blood 'em young

It's time to start investing in younger batsmen capable of succeeding at Test level instead of turning to ageing players who are bound to have a short shelf life

Trevor Bayliss chats with the media

It's the captain who wins games, not the coach

Placing too much emphasis on the coach's input is detrimental because it curbs the captain's ability to think for himself and make bold decisions

N Srinivasan and Dave Richardson after the ICC meeting

Many sides to a cricket revolution

While an administrative shake-up of the ICC would be welcome, the Essel Group's past cricketing ventures hardly inspire confidence

Shoaib Akhtar clocks 159 kph on the speed gun

Three questions for cricket

Do fast bowlers need verbal fisticuffs to generate aggression? Does sending a nightwatchman in always make sense? Is surpassing 100mph even possible?