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Ian Chappell: Swann's place in question

ESPNcricinfo's Dan Brettig catches up with former Australia captain Ian Chappell to look back at the second Ashes Test in Australia.

Interviewer: Dan Brettig

December 9, 2013

Posted by AussiePhoenix on (December 10, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

@ CricketChat "Aussies pitch curators have nullified his advantage in this series so far." The Aussie pitches are the same as they've been for decades. Adelaide is good for spin, England killed us there in 2011. Swann has nullified himself, he's off his game, you can tell by his pouting and sulking body language.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 10, 2013, 3:05 GMT)

England could not be able to counter attack because england bowlers lack speed. England need to play 4 fast bowlers

Posted by   on (December 10, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

For all the talk about the English bowling attack with Finn, Rankin, etc.. they simply selected the wrong XI before Brisbane. For me, Finn is an automatic selection as 3rd Seamer, look at what he did in the First test in England, sure, maybe Cook doesn't like his imperfect runup or whatever, but he takes wickets and will improve. Finn to replace Panesar, and the Irish guy, Rankin, to replace Swann, Anderson can have the new ball, and then go sook at third man for 70 overs, the other bowlers can rotate between them, If they want variety, they can chuck in that Left armer they have touring with them, he couldnt do much worse than the other bowlers. Also, stokes shouldn't have played in Adelaide, a proper batsman should've come in at 6. Hopefully Finn plays at Perth, that's all we should expect from England.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

As Ian says aggression is absent in the England camp - sledging only cannot take you to victory. Swann is a good player in the past but he has lost his momentum. He should be dropped in Perth and England needs to have an occasional spinner maybe Root with four pacemen.

Posted by IAS2009 on (December 9, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

Spinners needs 2 things to get wickets, a lot if runs will buy you wickets, or pitch help. in Australian conditions pitch is not a help, with England batting the way it is will not them any game against anyone anywhere, England best bet is to go with Monty and try to score to win, England were very poor in batting in England also they won very close test marches the margin of victory is huge for Australia here though. Cook has to play like he does blocks one end so the collapse are rare, the lower order of England is throwing wicket away, very poor, especially Broad, he is much better batsman than how he playing. Good Win for Australia, love to see series tied at 2 a piece.

Posted by wapuser on (December 9, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

Swann would bouce back. The aussies are attacking which is good but he is top quality so he will be back like I say. I hate medium pacers and that Anderson is suffering. He underbowl his short ball which is better than he thinks.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

Swann's a low wicket bowler,fine in U.K and Asia but not on bouncy strips like Australia or fact not many visiting offies have had much success down under.The LBW is hardly an option for Graeme here. Similarly Anderson's more comfortable on slow surfaces where he can either swing the new cherry or reverse the old one (or both) and has the LBW as an option.On bouncy surfaces he looks out of his depth and quite ordinary.Jimmy's strength is to confuse batsmen with movement but if theres none he has no pace to penetrate.

Posted by CricketChat on (December 9, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

From what I have seen, Swann depends on the spin off the pitch rather than flight, so if the pitch doesn't aid spin, he is largely ineffective. That's what happened in the first 2 tests. Aussies pitch curators have nullified his advantage in this series so far.

Posted by wapuser on (December 9, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

That's good news for aus

Posted by milepost on (December 9, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

He's a good cricketer and a likeable guy but it isn't happening for him right now.

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