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Chappell: 'Australia shouldn't have retained the same eleven'

Ian Chappell analyses the first two days of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney and concludes that, irrespective of their overwhelming control, they should not have fielded the same XI

Interviewer: Dan Brettig

January 4, 2014

Posted by wapuser on (January 5, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

If Glenn maxwell plays test cricket we might as well give up the game

Posted by   on (January 5, 2014, 2:53 GMT)

Australia could do worse than recalling North and Hughes for the tour of South Africa, both have current form (a lot of runs in shield this year, the only two with 3 tons to date), Test experience, and form in S.A. conditions (North one and Hughes 2 tons last time). Pattinson is also back bowling. Apparently we're the only side that has not lost a series in S.A. since they were re-admitted to test cricket. This could all change shortly though.

Posted by Auneraza on (January 5, 2014, 1:51 GMT)

i think in south africa australia would give a chance to Glenn Maxwell at test level

Posted by Auneraza on (January 5, 2014, 1:46 GMT)

i think australia should not have any problem in south africa Go Ausi go

Posted by BHARATLIFE on (January 5, 2014, 1:34 GMT)

It is easy to say England are in trouble. The scoreline says 4-0 or 5-0 , but this is just as unconvincing as England 3-0 for gods sake , Australia for 5 down for less in all the test matches. It has been a good victory but not a trashing like the Aussie in 06/07, that was annihilation, England had only one sniff @Adeliade back then, but then Australia were already 1-0 up, it is so close if England just took their chance at 130-6 @ Brisbane it would have been different !!!!

Posted by   on (January 5, 2014, 1:08 GMT)

Agree with Chappell in that they should have changed the team. I would have dropped Watson and Harris on fitness issues and Bailey because of lack of form. I would have picked one of the young quicks for Harris and say Cosgrove and Lynn.

Posted by andrew-schulz on (January 5, 2014, 0:21 GMT)

Chappell made an utter fool of himself at the last T20 world event (don't call it a World Cup). He derided captain Bailey as not being in the top 11 players, and likened the situation to that of Mike Brearley. Since then, Bailey has rammed those words down his throat in two forms of the game. Chappell may be right about Bailey as a Test batsman, but at the very least he should be cautious about putting that view forward after being made to look so foolish by the guy- probably the least accurate analysis of any player by any public figure ever. There have been a number of batsmen who have struggled in the corridor of uncertainty but have become good Test players. Some have tightened their defence, others have looked a walking wicket at the start of their innings on seaming decks,, but prospered and averaged around 50 through a strong attacking game. Chappell needs to pull back. There were far more good reasons to pick the same 11 here than not.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2014, 21:01 GMT)

@ mad_hamish the stats tend not to lie Tests 4 6 1 136 53 27.20 229 59.38 0 1 9 8 7 0 ODIs 35 33 5 1539 156 54.96 1667 92.32 2 11 119 36 21 0 T20Is 19 16 3 298 63 22.92 225 132.44 0 1 24 10 8 0 First-class 102 180 16 6200 160* 37.80 11269 55.01 14 31 94 0 great limited overs player but not the technique for the longer form averaging 38 in first class cricket would not have gone close to getting a baggy green ten years ago

Posted by Mad_Hamish on (January 4, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

@CustomKid As far as Bailey goes it's wrong to say that he's just hit big runs against India in the subcontinent. In ODIs he averages 53 in Aus, 48 in England, 95 in India, 40 in the UAE and 34 in the Windies. Now whether he should be picked for tests based on ODI results is another question but he's done a lot in most places he's played.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 4, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

Good news Ozzie doing well. This will hopefully make them a little over confident when their tour SA.

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