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Chappell: 'Batting is not about patience, but scoring runs'

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell talks to the media ahead of the third Ashes test in Old Trafford

Producers: Suketu Mehta and Raunak Kapoor

July 30, 2013

Posted by ExpertComment on (July 31, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Watson wants to bat at 1! Clarke wants to bat at 5! and I want to open for Australia! Presposterous! Messiers Watson and Clarke have managed 211 runs between them in last two tests at an average of 26.5 with just one 50 from Clarke. With Leg Before Watson in play and skill of Anderson & Co. it is unlikely that Watson can have much impact as an opener. Catering to all this 'want' business is pulling Aussies down. Its high time they do whats best for the team. I believe Aussies best chance at Old Trafford lies with the following team:

Warner, Rogers, Khawaja, Clarke, Watson, Smith, Haddin, Siddle, Starc, Harris, Lyon

Play the lefties at top against Seamers and Righties against Swann. Lyon ahead of Agar at OT seems to be a no brainer. If it is so abhorrent to have three lefties at the top then they should consider opening with Haddin or Siddle. Think Bradman in '37... :) :)

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (July 31, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

Seems like the A team in South Africa took Chappell's comments to heart today: they won the toss, batted and scored at nearly four runs an over, walloped Hendricks all over the place at over 5 an over: unfortunately they were all out for 146 in under 38 overs with Hendricks taking 5 wickets.

Looks like the nightmare is not going to end soon. Still soon be the Big Bash and you can pretend the Ashes isn't happening.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (July 31, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Good interview and comments by Chappell. Agree with him that patience is not the key but scoring is the key. The stuff i read about our batsman in India trying to see out balls rather then score didn't make sense. Don't agree with Chappell that we don't have a potential numbe 3, Khawaja is a ready made 3 and has done it successfully at shield level and hopefully continues the form from lords into Manchester at that position. Key is to show confidence in these guys as was pointed out by Gilly and Hussey in their interviews.

Posted by rpatel6 on (July 30, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

Warner, Rogers, Khawaja, Clarke, Hughes, Watson, Haddin, Smith, Siddle, Harris, Lyon. Team for Old Trafford.

Posted by Aussiesfalling on (July 30, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Chappelli things Warner should open? Even in ODI cricket, the day of the pinch hitter is over - this bloke is living in the past.

Posted by milepost on (July 30, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

Chappelli spot on again. Another dire batting performance surely will wear our bowlers down. Clarke must bat at 3.Warner in for Rogers perhaps as Smith's bowling might be handy and he did just score a ton. Harsh on Rogers but we will probably need Watson's bowling again. Hughes looks sketchy but I'm coming round to giving him a go as I reckon he will feature in the next Ashes. Agar to stay and Bird in for Pattinson. Armchair advice sorted.

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