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Ian Chappell: Australia needs restructuring

Australia has a very challenging period ahead of them; whereas it was a comprehensive performance by England to win the Ashes 3-1 (00:00)

January 7, 2011

Posted by   on (January 10, 2011, 4:39 GMT)

No more restructuring for aussies they have to just go with the happenings and now its INDIANS to rule the game

Posted by zaragon on (January 8, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

sgbhatcar - to be fair Chappell did not anoint England as #1 - he said that after this series it's an ambition that should be taken seriously. You are completely right that England have to earn that position and there is a lot of work to do if it is ever to be achieved. I think England have depth and quality in their bowling. The batting can be strengthened further by promoting Bell to 5 and bringing in a new player at 6. Unlike you I think they DO have the potential - but we will see!

Posted by Timmuh on (January 8, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

sgbhatcar, he didn't annoint England as number one. He did say England have the number one attack. That is probably reasonable, though its not an attack that would have been number one at any other point in my lifetime. The Australian batting, some Hussey innings aside, looked more like the first few years of Bangladesh at Test level, the bowlers didn't need to be very good to knock Australia over for nothing.

Posted by CRam on (January 7, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

I do not agree that there isnt enough talent in Australia - what is found wanting is leadership, and the selectors and the captain should take responsiblity and leave their positions for better candidates. I think that is all Australia needs to be a better fighting unit.

Posted by sgbhatcar on (January 7, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

I was a bit surprised by Ian Chappell's comments about anointing England to the #1 status! I would say that they ought to earn it. Just because England beat Australia, which is at #5 does not make them the #1 team. No doubt they have the potential. Only time will tell. I believe that the English batsmen all peaked at the right time and it appeared that the Aussies did not try hard enough. They looked ready to lose, even before any of the Tests started.

Chappell probably never likes anything Indian! He put Ponting before Tendulkar, never even mentioned Kallis, who has overtaken Ponting. He is yet to acknowledge that Ponting has been left way behind, by Tendulkar in the past 12 months.

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