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Australia's batsmen failed to learn - Chappell

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell analyses Australia's six-wicket loss to India in the fourth and final Test in Delhi and their performance in the series (00:00)

Interviewer: Daniel Brettig

March 26, 2013

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

Going by the comments here I feel it is high time that Aussies start preparing spin pitches. Specially perth :-)

Posted by Babbls on (March 27, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

hi Leggie what do you mean about true conditions? big crack and thick ridges in perth? australian need to lear to play in the sub contient, otherwise now onwards they might only win in australian batting pitches.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

Sorry forgot about Khawaja. I'd have him instead of Cowan or Warner.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

@Mitty2 Agree. Watson adds no value whatsoever. @hycIass Hughes doesn't deserve to retain his spot, he's had ample chances throughout his test career and has not proven himself. a couple of streaky innings doesn't make up for what was a horrible series. This ashes team needs a shake-up. This is mine. 1.Rogers 2. Warner. 3.Cowan 4.D.Hussey 5.Clarke 6.O'Keefe. 7.Paine 8.Starc 9.Siddle 10.Pattinson 11.Lyon 12th man.R.Harris. Thoughts?

Posted by Leggie on (March 26, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

Agree with @bonaku. These are very early days and one should wait till these batsmen score in good conditions. I mean in conditions where when a fast bowler bowls, the ball reaches the keeper at least waist high. Too early to judge utility of Jadeja. Those darts that he bowls are extremely good in underprepared pitches or 4th or 5th days wickets but may not be wicket taking in true conditions. The one player who definitely stood out was Pujara. Otherwise this Indian lot still seems equally suspect.

Posted by bonaku on (March 26, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

It is too early to judge the indianbatsmen. Yes they are good in indian conditions. But not sure about in alien conditions. Let's wait and see.

Posted by dirick on (March 26, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

Well, You cant take his comments seriously, can You ? Chappel, a few months ago was batting for warner as a regular test opener and also quoted Huges has some serious shortcomings(Agree). Now he bats for Huges and Watson as the regular openers. So was that some sort of a joke ?

I guess anyone and everyone would agree that Cowan is a better player than Huges when it comes to tests. Watson or Warner for the second opening spot is debatable !

Posted by binojpeter on (March 26, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

I agree with many of the Aussie fans in this forum that Australia got their selection wrong in this series. As they say, one has to pick horses for courses. I don't understand how Maxwell, Doherty and Smith got selected ahead of Steve O'Keefe. He would have been good partner with Lyon. I was even more baffled when I saw Maxwell opening the Test batting. I think for the Ashes they should make sure that Pattinson, Harris, Cummins and Starc are fully fit.

Posted by Webba84 on (March 26, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

@hyCIass You say Chappell makes intelligent comments but by your own statistics prove that he is massively undervauling Cowan who was Australias 3 best performing batsman and outplayed Hughes, Watson and Warner as well as showed dedication and the ability to learn only to be completely ignored. He may be intelligent but he is also increasingly obviously biased.

Posted by hycIass on (March 26, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

As usual Chappell makes very intelligent comments. Here is an analysis of in this series of our batsman: Clarke - 6 test innings in India, 286 runs @ 47.7 Smith - 3 test innings in India, 143 runs @ 47.7 Cowan - 7 test innings in India, 241 runs @ 34.4 Henriques - 6 test innings in India, 156 runs @ 31.2 Warner - 7 test innings in India, 187 runs @ 26.7 Hughes - 7 test innings in India, 141 runs @ 20.1 Watson - 5 test innings in India, 94 runs @ 18.8 Wade - 5 test innings in India, 94 runs @ 18.8 Maxwell - 3 test innings in India, 31 runs @ 10.3

It shows we need to improve and do it fast. Warner and Hughes will i think come through in the ashes and I expect Khawaja to play a big part given his ability to play swing bowling. Also think that Clarke will continue his golden run despite his injury concerns.

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