Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell Ian ChappellRSS FeedFeeds  | Archives
Former Australia captain, now a cricket commentator and columnist

The quicks are back

Come Sydney, Australia's batsmen can be relaxed and bat better, knowing they don't need a mountain of runs to topple India. Their fast bowlers will do it

Ian Chappell

January 1, 2012

Comments: 58 | Text size: A | A

Ben Hilfenhaus is pumped up after dismissing Virender Sehwag, Australia v India, 1st Test, Melbourne, 4th day, December 29, 2011
The form Australia's quick bowlers are in takes pressure off their batsmen © Getty Images

The SCG provides Australia with an opportunity to build on their rousing victory over India and continue what is a pace bowling led recovery. The consistently penetrating form of Australia's aggressive young pace bowler James Pattinson, combined with Peter Siddle's rejuvenation and Ben Hilfenhaus' successful return to the international arena is incentive for the beleaguered batsmen to make a New Year's resolution. Knowing now that a score of around 350, rather than a huge total, could be enough to set up a win at the SCG might just be the tonic that prompts the batsmen to resolve to do better in 2012.

With skill as a given, being relaxed is probably second only to confidence in an international batsman's armoury. Anything that helps to relieve tension, especially among inexperienced players, is a step in the right direction. There are also positive signs that Ricky Ponting is playing with more assurance, and while he'll never again be the consistently dominant batsman of the past, he's still productive. As long as there's no young batsman producing scores that demand selection, Ponting can continue to provide value to the team.

Michael Hussey is in the same boat. On the occasions when he stops thinking about playing carefully to prolong his career and just bats naturally, he's still a productive player. However, it's the less experienced batsmen who can benefit most from Australia's pace bowling resurgence. Armed with the knowledge that India's much-vaunted batting line-up can be held in check, they now know that consistency is what's required to complete a winning formula. This knowledge should relax them so they stop pressing and just play naturally without fear of reprisal.

There were signs that the Australian pace bowlers' success against the talented Indian line-up might be more than a one-off triumph. Gautam Gambhir is in trouble since he is discomforted by the extra bounce. If he continues to poke suspiciously at deliveries outside off stump, like a nervous mouse nibbling at the cheese, the Australians will have no trouble springing the trap.

Stopping Virender Sehwag is an important part of restricting India's scoring. The length the Australians are currently bowling is the most testing for the belligerent opener. He loves it short outside off stump, but the Australians, operating on a fuller length, are more likely to exploit his lack of feet movement. Keep Sehwag quiet and you reduce the Indian line-up's effectiveness by about half.

The player the Australians haven't yet found an answer for is Sachin Tendulkar. He looked in top form, and with the SCG being his favourite venue in Australia, they'll need to find a solution quickly. If Australia can shut down both Sehwag and Tendulkar, India could well be propelled on a downhill slide similar to their recent precipitous one in England, which ended in a 4-0 thrashing.

It's no good having a penetrative pace attack led by a tentative captain. Michael Clarke is anything but, and he has shown himself to be a pro-active skipper. He has a good gut feel for bowling changes, and he wasn't cowered into conservatism when Sehwag was firing in the first innings. Clarke just needs to tighten his own batting defences so the opposition doesn't put the skids under his impressive captaincy by making him struggle for runs.

MS Dhoni, on the other hand, set the tone for India's slide to oblivion on the final day at the MCG. He was extremely conservative when the situation cried out for him to attack in order to claim the final two wickets cheaply. Afterwards he lamented India's inability to rid themselves of the Australian tail-end batsmen in both innings. He only needs to pay attention when shaving before the SCG Test to find the solution to that problem.

If the Australian batsmen do provide better support for the fast bowlers at the SCG, the team can halt its current boom-bust cycle. However, in the event of much revelry in the Australian camp over an improved batting performance it shouldn't be forgotten that it has been a fast bowling-led recovery.

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is now a cricket commentator and columnist

RSS Feeds: Ian Chappell

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by jay57870 on (January 3, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Ian - Quicks only? Not so fast. Did you forget Yogi Berra's famous words "It ain't over till it's over"? Ian's morbid logic of "use-by-dates" in writing premature obituaries of "ageing" cricketers is proved wrong again. Yes, Ponting & Hussey are "still productive" - what an under-statement, Mr Retirement Counselor! Yes, Tendulkar is in "top form" and Australia "needs to find a solution quickly" - what a revelation, Mr Snow White! Ian's brilliant discovery of "consistency ... a winning formula" in face of Australia's "current boom-bust cycle" is yet another of his (ever-consistent) contradictory pronouncements. From calling Dhoni among the "great modern captains" to leading India's "slide to oblivion"! From Snow White & fancy mirrors to Pollyanna & illusory optimism! Ian, just call your baseball guru Yogi for a quick check-up: Is this your big 60-second cricket "Ball Drop" for 2012?

Posted by   on (January 3, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

and they have done exactly that well said ian chappel.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Ah the trolls are back...thankfully, they were all absent right after the first Test was lost. First read what he said before you start with the hating. He says that the Aussie batsmen knowing that their bowling line up can be competitive know that they dont need to score 600+ to compete against India. Before the series started, with a raw bowling lineup for Oz and an injury free batting lineup for India, the Oz batsmen would have been worried about how much they need to score to compensate for their bowling gaps. That was probably one of the reasons for India's batting lineup failing so often in England. All Ian is saying is that going forward in the series the Oz batters can hope to compete on an even level.

Posted by mensan on (January 2, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Things are not that easy as Chappell has assumed. It will be a tougher 3 tests for Australia but they should win the series.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

gambhir will make a stunning comeback ian chappel inspired him in WC and will again do and even india will make a majestic comeback

Posted by Oldpunk on (January 2, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

The Oz media are as consistent as the Oz team. Heroes or zeros depending on the outcome of one test match. I think Oz should be concerned by the quality of the Indian attack that performed really well in Melbourne. The Indian batting is great on paper.... and if they get it together in Sydney then India must have a real chance in the test and the series. The media are raving about the Oz attack, and the selectors overlooked the prove class of Harris -- showing confidence in two rookies and two established players in Siddle and Hilfy - both of whom bowled well at the MCG but who were fodder for Cook, Bell, Trott etc last year.

Ponting "productive"? He is the most productive batsmen this summer, and in the history of Oz cricket. He could bat with a blindfold on and still be more "productive" than Ian Chappell ever was.

Posted by cricfanraj on (January 2, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

@Alex400 .. from when asking a review with Third Umpire has become a tactic in test history ?

Posted by   on (January 2, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

@dsig3 - agree 100%!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by krishn_4m_india on (January 2, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

We all know Indian team is a poor starter of any test series, it could be because of complacence, it could be because of lack of seriousness, because they under perform in the first tests of a series in their home grounds too. But they do come back and come back well. Seriously, looking forward to the Sydney test as Indians have a good record at that ground. Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar have their own reasons to score runs in & against Australia particularly. Sehwag will be changing his game plan too. Gambhir and Virat should be replaced though. Good Luck team India !!!!!! .... and A Happy New Year to Everybody here, Cheers :).

Posted by AidanFX on (January 2, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

Well it seems closer to Aus of old - the bowlers have arranged their plans pre match - know their roles. They don't seem to be working out tactics during the match - completely unaware how to get a guy out. Clarke doesn't waist time with mid over all the new bowling spell conferences - just occasionally takes time out to make field placements. It is better viewing and the Aus team look a lot more organised, decisive and purposeful in what they are doing. This has been true since SL - which is the encouraging thing - it seems a good culture is emerging. The team looks more potent and more likely to take 20 wickets which past few yrs has not been the case.

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (January 2, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

47 all out and you have the cheek to comment on other batting lineups LOL!!

Posted by rtmohanlal on (January 2, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

(cont....)What I mean is even with Sachin there are batsmen who are brilliant than him in some of these individual batting factors.For eg: take Bevan, undisputedly a better one day player than Sachin ..but what is his test record? Why I said all these is there might be batsmen who played more influential inns than Sachin,but over all they would be lesser players than him because of their comparative inferior effective ness in other batting factors.Now for your reference I would put forward at least 10 inns of him which really influenced the match and series.These inns are all from Aus,SAF,NZL & ENG and that too abroad. 119* Old trafford 122 Birmingham 74 Nottingham 169 Capetown 113 Wellington 116 Melbourne 155 Bloomfontein 92 Nottingham 241* Sydney 154 Sydney 71 Perth 146 Capetown My request to you is to go thru the Series and Match situations when these inns were played.To me these are all really critical inns played under extreme pressure. Similarly there are a lot of inns played.

Posted by rtmohanlal on (January 2, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

@ Alexk400 - I went thru some of your comments in a previous topic about Sachin.Here too you have put across a reply in the same lines.. that is Sachin's 'helping and working for a team'. Firstly I am not one of those blind fans of him who madly adore him as God. Nor do i believe that he is above criticism.That is why I still do not feel any thing hatred against Sanjay Manjrekar and Ian Chappel when they criticised Sachin for not performing. Infact Sachin was actually performing below par during these times.But I do not agree with your comments w.r.t Sachin not helping team cause.We all know there are a lot of individual factors in batting.A batsman can be brilliant only in varying degrees on these batting factors combined.What I mean is say Sehwag has a brilliant str rate of 80 in tests, but his problem is that he has a really poor record in SAF,ENG etc. Similarly Daryll Cullinan was over all a very good player,but he really faltered against Shane Warne.


Posted by rtmohanlal on (January 2, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

@ Alexk400 - I went thru some of your comments in a previous topic about Sachin.Here too you have put across a reply in the same lines.. that is Sachin's 'helping and working for a team'. Firstly I am not one of those blind fans of him who madly adore him as God. Nor do i believe that he is above criticism.That is why I still do not feel any thing hatred against Sanjay Manjrekar and Ian Chappel when they criticised Sachin for not performing. Infact Sachin was actually performing below par during these times.But I do not agree with your comments w.r.t Sachin not helping team cause.We all know there are a lot of individual factors in batting.A batsman can be brilliant only in varying degrees on these batting factors combined.What I mean is say Sehwag has a brilliant str rate of 80 in tests, but his problem is that he has a really poor record in SAF,ENG etc. Similarly Daryll Cullinan was over all a very good player,but he really faltered against Shane Warne.


Posted by RandyOZ on (January 2, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Easily the best attack in the world at the moment and Harris, Cummins, Copeland, Cutting and Coulter Nile arent even playing!!!

Posted by KK_Cricket on (January 2, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

Ian will feel he spoke too much too soon.. Think Pattinson and Siddle will do as badly in the next 3 tests as good they did in their last 3 matches.. Indian batsment will roar back and the player to watch out from here would be Gambhir...

Posted by CricFan78 on (January 2, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

One win in 9 Tests against India and loud mouth Aussies have started yapping again.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (January 2, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Chappell is a great OZ supporter and never mince words when it comes to talk about India as a team or any Indian Players. However, as has happened many times in the past, he is about to have to EAT HIS WORDS. I have to say that like Sunil Gavaskar, Ian Chappell has also lost the credibility when it comes to making comments about cricket. Far too one sided and one dimentional.

Posted by MaxFromSydney1 on (January 2, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

On Aussie pitches, I think both batting and bowling line ups are pretty competitive. The consistent advantage I see for Australia is Dhoni's tentative captaincy; he really let us off the hook in Melbourne when the test match was up for grabs. The battle between the Aussie quicks and Sehwag and Tendulkar could also decide the Sydney test. Sehwag was explosive in Melbourne, and Tendulkar outclassed everybody, sending even good deliveries to the fence. Hopefully Australia can be more consistent now that Phil Hughes and Mitchell Johnson are out of the team.

Posted by mrgupta on (January 2, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

@Alexk400: When you have an opinion about someone then no amount of arguments in that person's favour can change it. You are convinced that Sachin bats for himself and is obsessed with making 100. I don't think anyone can change that opinion of yours but just name me one players whom you think plays for his country and doesn't want to score 100s. You may name Ponting, Lara, Dravid or even Sir Don. But in my opinion Sir Don always played more for himself, he always wanted to dominate strike, he was never happy when other person was scoring (that's what i read about him). Ponting was at his arrogant best when he was doing well, Lara played for 375 and 400 even if that made his team either loose or draw, it didn't matter to him. In my opinions he played for those records. Dravid, well he is a great player but again, how do you prove that he plays for the country and not for his 100s and records, how many times has he put country forward and let himself go of an opportunity of scoring 100?

Posted by zenboomerang on (January 2, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

@boooonnie :- "you always sensed if the bowlers could find their mojo then the batters might relax a bit and start racking up big scores"... ... I would suggest you study the last 2 years performances of the batters... Take just our recent Test loses as an example: Bellerive it was the batters whom failed abysmally - only Warner stood up... Cape Town - again just Clarke made a score... All the big names - Ponting, Hussey, Haddin, Hughes, Watson failed - the no.11 high scored in the 2nd innings!!... The bowlers did their job & bowled out the opposition, only to see the batters throw away their wkts & all the bowlers hard work...

Posted by MiddleStump on (January 2, 2012, 1:43 GMT)

Chappel is spot on. With Dhoni fizzling badly both as captain and as batsman, the tail starts after Tendulkar. The real fun is in the two wicket contest within the Indian team. Laxman and Kohli/Rohit versus Ishant and Zaheer. By scoring more runs at the MCG, the pacers at number 9 and 10 are leading the Laxman/number 6 combo 1-0. It would be awesome if the pacer duo win the series in a 4-0 sweep.

Posted by SanjeevHN on (January 2, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

Ya I agree but ir holds good for India as well. Even Indians think the same way. No need to get 500 against Australia. In a way I am happy that quicks are back, around the world. We need bit more lively pitches and Melbourne was one of them. Hope Sydney holds the same

Posted by boooonnie on (January 2, 2012, 0:50 GMT)

I've never thought our batting has been the trainwreck that others believe it. Okay they are probably about 100 runs shy per innings of what they used to get and they are prone to more collapses then in the past BUT you always sensed if the bowlers could find their mojo then the batters might relax a bit and start racking up big scores just like Ian has suggested here. We are not there yet but maybe we are on the way.

Posted by Drew2 on (January 2, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

Interesting comment "Keep Sehwag quiet and you reduce the Indian line-up's effectiveness by about half" Sehwag does have that X factor which can rip a game away from the opposition, much more so than Tendulkar. Tendulkar is more consistant, but Sehwag is more dangerous and under-rated. He is one of the few players who can Bradman like feats. Average 52 with a srtikes rate of 82. 14 out of his 22 centuries above 150. Fantasitic!

Posted by bouncer3459 on (January 1, 2012, 22:26 GMT)

I still believe Dhoni is the best available captain in the Indian team. You are criticizing him because he is not a hooligan and doesnot act like an idiot or unsportman like on the field. Ian Chappell doesnot think he has much financial interest left in India thats why he is talking like that.


Posted by dicky_boy on (January 1, 2012, 20:09 GMT)


Posted by DebashisCalcutta on (January 1, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

I am glad that fast bowlers are coming into picture , there is no greater sight in cricket than to see a genuine fast bowler against a top class batsman . The duel is fascinating . But again among the few countries that play cricket , there are some countries (sub continent) hell bent on making the fast bowling species disappear . BCCI would never listen Mr Chapell !!!!

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 1, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

Sachin is always fluent. No one can deny sachin's technical brilliance even avid hate of sachin myself. :). Sachin can score anywhere because he has that compact technique. My complaint always with him is he is more about himself than helping and working for a team. People always say why sachin get out after 100? why don't he score 200. People say he do not have stamina. Truth is he gets out because he can score another 100 in second inning. Two chance is better than one for scoring 100s. He is obsessed with 100 even if it is against club team. he don't care india win or not. His mind do not work for team goals. never was. never will. I can't fault him for what he is. He is designed that way. If he changes , he won't be successful in scoring that many runs. Sehwag can score both ways but he is more happy when he show off his skills in skill collection box. He is proud of that. Hahaha For me mukund should replace gambhir in TEST. India will lose sydney Test as well.

Posted by aloy on (January 1, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

I think Pattinson is a great discovery. India can't improve unless their greedy officials change their views and give the maximum concentration on Test cricket which is THE CRICKET. The number of test matches are negligible compared with numerous T20s and one day matches which are being imposed on the players by cricket board. If these run continues,I'm afraid, India will never be able to succeed in test matches.

Posted by asadadek on (January 1, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Nice article. Apart from Dhoni, Chappel has been really kind on the other batsmen. Particularly Dravid and Laxman. While the former is scratching around like never before, the latter seems to be determined not to score any runs in the first innings .

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 1, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

I an chappell wants different result in Sydney even though he also wants 4-0. If india won sydeny , he can write more. If aussie won 2-0 , it would become boring. How many times you can hit the dead snake (Indian batting) with stone? i hope india win sydney test. More hoping than using brain. India really have issues with their batting. Clarke has to make dumb mistake for this indian team to win. good luck india . good luck sehwag , good luck dhoni in 2012. Even 4-0 loss against australia won't change indian selection policies. We will still keep the oldies. it is just the way india works.,

Posted by   on (January 1, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Mr Chappel get ready to eat your words........

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 1, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Lets face it.The Aussies have not been much cop for a few years and they need to feel that all their players are great.I do feel they have bowlers who can do some damage to the over rated batting line up of India who do not seem comfortable away from their dead tracks.I would expect them to bowl more bouncers to soften the Indian players a bit more.They are very tentative on back foot and when there you can pitch it up and they will nick off as usual.

Posted by venkat_75r on (January 1, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

@sandy0005 - I am also an Indian. However, I beg to differ from you. Of all people, Ian Chappell is the best when it comes to offering unbiased comments. Not sure whether you have seen his interviews. Australian commentators are best when it comes to unbiased commentry (Ian Chappel, Richie Benuad, Mark Taylor etc etc) when compared to our Indian counterparts.

Posted by Aniruddha_K on (January 1, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Sachin was the standout Indian batsman in the match. While others were struggling , he looked fluent right from the word go...He only made the one mistake in the 1st innings which cost him his wicket. As for Dhoni, this is not the 1st time he has inexplicably gone defensive at crucial times....Examples - 3rd test against Srilanka which saw Mendis get 80 odd, 3rd test against SA when he let the SA batsmen off the hook in the 2nd innings and Kallis got a hundred, world cup games against England and SA. And as much as all adore his tremendous composure, he isn't very good at lifting the team when things are going wrong. His batting in test matches of late also has been appalling.

Posted by Lord_Trickster on (January 1, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

Excellent call, JKAUSSIE. Not just simply because I happen to agree - the most tiresome element of these forums isn't the biased, almost juvenile nature of most comments, it is the demonstrated paranoid search for bias or insult. Well said, mate. Maybe we could appreciate that while web forums are truly democratic, we still are responsible for being reasoned, intelligent and accurate. Go Australia!!

Posted by smalishah84 on (January 1, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Nothing wrong with the article. And it is much less inflammatory than Ian's usual stuff :p

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (January 1, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

India batting is always rubbish when they play outside !

Posted by longlivewoodoo on (January 1, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Common chapell. U r giving too much credit to indian batting . Except sehwag all r stat maker . They smell their stat and get happy. If virat and rohit( if played ) could make a mark then could be a diffirent scenario. See what happened in world cup , when there was dravid, ganguly, tendulkar, kumble we couldn't win. They don't have killing instinct. They can only make profilic record . I am not seeing them making even 300 in a inning. They can win if someone there wears veron philander's shoes.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Please correct the dateline of the article. I see it as December 1, 2012!

Posted by jkaussie on (January 1, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Please, all of you who have commented here on how Chappell is biased, has jumped the gun, "patriotoc zeal" etc READ the article. What he says is that Australia's recovery to a more competitive, NOT dominant, position is based on its pace bowling - this is a fact as since the 10/11 Ashes we have been more successful as we have bowled sides out, and our seamers have taken the majority of the wickets. Chappell also uses words like "may, could, might" when putting forward possibilities and then finishes with the fact that if the batting can also stand up then the team will be in a stronger position - how is this over the top zeal? It's fact. How is this anything else but surmising what could hppen? It's NOT saying it will happen. So stop looking for insult when there isn't any, and actually read what is being said.

Posted by Fifthman on (January 1, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

Aussie triumphalism is alive and well.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Chappelli is , I believe, jumping the gun as far as Indian performance in the tour is concerned. Let's not forget the Aus did go down to NZ in the second test (at Hobart). The Indian batting needs to click and once that is in place, this Aussie side might just not be able to handle the pressure.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 1, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Ian... as an Indian fan who has lost faith in the team... even I cannot write off team India that EASILY. To me Australia are equally FLAWED in the batting department. Haven't you seen who scored the runs for you in Melbourne ? why of course it was dear old Pattinson and company down under, no pun intended. Sure.. Hussey and Ponting scored half centuries in the 2nd innings but really by that time India had ALREADY lost the match. India too has decent bowling and can topple you guys for less than 200... so I would be careful for what I wish in the New Year. The Indians have a good record in Sydney so let's wait until after the game shall we ? I still feel India are the team under pressure here BUT you never know.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

@ sandy0005 ,what is the problem with indian fans they are acting like an ostrich, very similar to the reaction of the fans in england although i hope we don't face the same scoreline. the bitter truth is that the current line up though boasts of some all time greast need to be revamped, laxman is practically done with and will rarely make big scores abroad, tendulkar is just playing for his 100th ton, gambhir needs to be dropped for his own good. if i had been given a chance i would have played rahane and rohit in place of gambhir and laxman. for once chappel is spot on, he has only praised the efforts of aussie pacemen rather then the Australian team, which has a pretty fragile batting line up.

Posted by SanjivSanjiv on (January 1, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

The pressure is truely on the Indian Greats. May they show their greatness when needed the most!

Posted by sankar8000 on (January 1, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

Last time in 2nd innings they were very lucky to get Sehwag's wkt! That ball didn't deserve that wkt. I hope this time aussies will not be lucky...

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 1, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Dhoni lacks tactical knowledge. The reason he do not like UDRS is because of that. He do not know how to use the tools he has in the plate. He rely one external force to help him. His hunch gets deserted in overseas. His batsman all talk and choke. You can' t blame him 100% for failure. He still greatest leader and has greatest man management skills. he needs help from sehwag and gambhir to give good start. Not happening unless sehwag start using brain and stop flashing every ball. If you do not adjust , it is not gona work. I don't mind sehwag hit every ball. For me he should hit it on ground and stay behind the ball and play in V for first 10 Overs. If he do that no one can stop HIM. Also he should respect pattinsona and wait for him to tire. Pattinson is young horse...he has lots of energy in first few overs.. he is like 100m runner , after few overs , you can eat him alive. Everyone have weakness , you have to find it and exploit it. Not sure dhoni has the skills to do that.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 1, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Game is won when sehwag falls with single digit score. Simple as that. Others can bat but they are just nusieance than danger people. sachin/dravid can only delay the inevitable. if i am sehwag i keep the ball on the ground and play in V for first 10 overs. He is the key to india's success. Most indians do not agree though. I don't why they think their god sachin going to win the game on his own. Not happening. he may score century if sehwag gives explosive 50-100. Without sehwag india is till good team and can put respectable first inning score but they can not chase in second innings. Aussies can feel comfort even can think invincible after great recovery from 27/4 and dead duck situation. They did that with dhoni's help. I worked on dhoni method , he rely on luck , it worked in india because the energy level from crowd amplify the luck. In Overseas , he looks kinda praying God and hoping for a wicket. He will retire soon based on what i see.

Posted by sandy0005 on (January 1, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

Time and again Mr. Chappell lets his patriotic zeal get the better of his cricketing acumen. This is clearly one of those instances. One good test match and he felt the urge to write a piece singing accolades of Australia's fast men...maybe watch them over a full series and then make a judgement.

Posted by dms1972 on (January 1, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

Don't take seriously anything Gupta.Ankur says. He's so passionate about India that he cannot acknowledge a champion if that champion doesn't play for India. His logic is completely flawed and inconsistent. According to him, Ponting isn't a champion because the likes of Gilchrist, Hayden, Langer and Martyn made him look good and he never had to face Warne and McGrath, and yet Gupta.Ankur doesn't apply the same logic to Tendulkar who has had the likes of Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, and Ganguly around him, and he never had to face Kumble and Harbajhan. So, like I said, you cannot take anything Gupta.Ankur says seriously. When he tells us India were the better team in Melbourne, well you just know his passion for India is leading his thought process astray.

Posted by Rags57 on (January 1, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

I sincerely pray and wish the Indian batsman prove Ian Chappell completely wrong. With just the first test gone, there is already talk of a possible 4-0 whitewash. India needs to play their natural game with intensity and positivity. It obviously has to start with Dhoni and his captaincy. Dravid's solidity and the rampaging influence Sehwag and Sachin bring in, can nullify the Australian pace attack. Come on India, teach the Australians a lesson and make them eat their words.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (January 1, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

It seems Chappell like every other aussie continues to live on cloud9 after their "surprising" victory over India....

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 1, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

G'day Ian, love your work.

Re. the bowlers relieving some of the pressure off the batsmen. I absolutely agree with what you have said. If the batsmen feel that anything less than 500 is likely to be run down, they can feel pressure from the scoreboard right from the first ball of the match, even if they are batting first. On the other hand, if the batsmen feel confident that even a moderate score (say250-300) can be defended and maybe even provide a small lead, they are more likely to bat normally I suppose.

Re. getting Tendulkar out. The only tactic that I'm aware of that could work consistently is the one the Aussies employed in the second innings. That is, get all his mates out at the other end and run the man out of partners !! LOL He's just a legend isn't he. If's he's in form and has even an ounce of luck, there really is no formula to dismiss him is there ? I think Siddle did well to sort of control him, and I'd recomend more of the same from Pete and all the bowlers.

Posted by dsig3 on (January 1, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

Ian, as an Aussie I would prefer if you wrote these sorts of articles after we win the series. Both teams are equally flawed and are actually very close to each other. I would be a bit nervous if its overcast and we bat, anything could happen, maybe even a 27.

Posted by baskar_guha on (January 1, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

I find it amazing that the likes of Ian can make tall tales out of just one test match that too in Melbourne where India has never done well. Maybe that is what Ian has to do to keep those columns churning out. The reality is that this is round 1 of a four round boxing match. Lets wait and see how round 2 goes. I feel that India will come back strongly batting wise but the bowlers may struggle to get 20 wickets unless they can get Ojha in the mix instead of Kohli. Dhoni needs to stand up and play an Adam Gilchrist like #6. Hope the weather stays dry.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

Aussies would do well to relax at their peril! I hope they remember what happened in 2008 after they won the Sydney test... they lost to India at Perth for the first time in history!! Don't be surprised if India bounce back in this series with a bang!

Comments have now been closed for this article

Email Feedback Print
Ian ChappellClose
Ian Chappell Widely regarded as the best Australian captain of the last 50 years, Ian Chappell moulded a team in his image: tough, positive, and fearless. Even though Chappell sometimes risked defeat playing for a win, Australia did not lose a Test series under him between 1971 and 1975. He was an aggressive batsman himself, always ready to hook a bouncer and unafraid to use his feet against the spinners. In 1977 he played a lead role in the defection of a number of Australian players to Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket, which did not endear him to the administrators, who he regarded with contempt in any case. After retirement, he made an easy switch to television, where he has come to be known as a trenchant and fiercely independent voice.

    'Kenya cricket is dead'

Aasif Karim's dream spell against Australia in 2003 symbolised a brief golden period for Kenya, but since his retirement, the country's cricket has nose-dived. By Tim Wigmore

    Wicket-taking oldies, and English centurions

Ask Steven: Also, playing against most teams, highest ODI scores by batsmen out hit-wicket, and Flying Stumps

    'McGrath never talked about luck'

My Favourite Cricketer: Michael Kasprowicz admired Glenn McGrath's consistency and positive nature

'He's the rock of West Indies' batting'

Modern Masters: Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar on the impact of Shivnarine Chanderpaul's run-scoring

The work that is county cricket

Jon Hotten: Players toil all season, but fans don't really get a sense of the scale of effort involved

News | Features Last 7 days

Shiv's not-outs, and hit-wicket victims

Also, top-scoring in both innings, most Test dismissals caught, and the oldest Test centurion

Dhoni clears the stadium

Plays of the Day from the Champions League T20 match between Chennai Super Kings and Perth Scorchers, in Bangalore

'You can't survive 66 Tests on the basis of a quota'

Ashwell Prince talks about proving critics wrong, scoring hundreds against Australia, and that unending partnership in Colombo

Nine-ball mayhem: Seven boundaries, broken bat, and a wicket

Chasing Chennai Super Kings' 242, Dolphins opener Cameron Delport played nine action-packed deliveries in his innings. Here's what happened ball by ball

Umar Akmal gives Raza the glare

Plays of the day from the CLT20 match between Dolphins and Lahore Lions in Bangalore

News | Features Last 7 days