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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Chappell's biggest concern over Ashes defence


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There are but three certainties in life. Death, taxes, and Australian batting collapses on lively English cricket wickets.

Day one of the intra-squad tour match between the "Hick" and "Haddin" XII's was in many ways emblematic of Australia's performances in England over the last few tours.

Wickets lost in clumps, debate about top order positions, and inconsistency with bat in hand were the stories that dominated conversation amongst cricket tragics this morning.

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With recent discussion suggesting one of the keys to Ashes success is mitigating the significance and frequency of these batting collapses, you wouldn't be casting a long bow if you were to suggest that the Australian playing group is not just preparing for these situations to occur, but are actively expecting them.

It's a mindset that former Australian test captain Ian Chappell says needs to change.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Wide World of Sports, the ex-Australian test captain said that the art of "just batting" has slowly eroded.

"From my perspective, if you’re going to think about losing wickets in clumps, and what to do when that happens – you’re going to lose them," Chappell said.

Ian Chappell

"You used to hear (former English Test player) Geoffrey Boycott say things like 'If you lose one wicket you lose two.' I never thought like that, and you really can’t afford to think like that as a player."

Doubling down, he called for Australia's batsmen to adopt an increased sense of clarity at the wicket, regardless of wickets that have fallen before them.

"I mean honestly – just go out and bat, and bat normally without thinking about losing your wicket, or losing wickets in clumps," Chappell said.

"We’ve read a lot about that mindset, and if that’s the mindset they have – they better change it pretty quickly."

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Whilst few did their batting stocks any good last night, Marnus Labuschagne showed considerable tenacity on his way to top-scoring with 41 out of his team's 105 all-out.

However Chappell believes it's unlikely that any performance in this match will move the needle significantly, despite the lead up conversation around the openness of spots for the first Test.

"I’d be very surprised if they don’t know who their best players are already," Chappell said.

"At this stage I think they’ll know ten out of the eleven for the first test – and the eleventh bloke that slots in won’t make that much of a difference."

Speaking on Labuschagne's credentials, Chappell was full of praise for his overall potential, but conceded he would struggle to force his way into the XI next Thursday.

"I think they would have already decided if Marnus would be in the squad or not, last night's innings probably wouldn’t make that much of a difference," Chappell said.

"You need to be careful picking players on Shield form and County second XI form, as the difference between that standard and Test cricket is huge."

Labuschagne has had a stellar County season to date, scoring 1114 runs for Glamorgan, at a very healthy average of 65.53.

"I think he (Labuschagne) has the potential to be a good test cricketer. At the moment, there’s some holes there, though," Chappell said.  

Day two of the intra-squad match continues tonight at 8pm AEST.

There are but three certainties in life. Death, taxes, and Australian batting collapses on lively English cricket wickets.

Day one of the intra-squad tour match between the "Hick" and "Haddin" XII's was in many ways emblematic of Australia's performances in England over the last few tours.

Wickets lost in clumps, debate about top order positions, and inconsistency with bat in hand were the stories that dominated conversation amongst cricket tragics this morning.

https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1153786968746024966

With recent discussion suggesting one of the keys to Ashes success is mitigating the significance and frequency of these batting collapses, you wouldn't be casting a long bow if you were to suggest that the Australian playing group is not just preparing for these situations to occur, but are actively expecting them.

It's a mindset that former Australian test captain Ian Chappell says needs to change.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Wide World of Sports, the ex-Australian test captain said that the art of "just batting" has slowly eroded.

"From my perspective, if you’re going to think about losing wickets in clumps, and what to do when that happens – you’re going to lose them," Chappell said.

Ian Chappell

"You used to hear (former English Test player) Geoffrey Boycott say things like 'If you lose one wicket you lose two.' I never thought like that, and you really can’t afford to think like that as a player."

Doubling down, he called for Australia's batsmen to adopt an increased sense of clarity at the wicket, regardless of wickets that have fallen before them.

"I mean honestly – just go out and bat, and bat normally without thinking about losing your wicket, or losing wickets in clumps," Chappell said.

"We’ve read a lot about that mindset, and if that’s the mindset they have – they better change it pretty quickly."

https://twitter.com/cricketcomau/status/1153621615198035969

The Incumbents vs The Fringe - Whose stocks changed overnight?


Whilst few did their batting stocks any good last night, Marnus Labuschagne showed considerable tenacity on his way to top-scoring with 41 out of his team's 105 all-out.

However Chappell believes it's unlikely that any performance in this match will move the needle significantly, despite the lead up conversation around the openness of spots for the first Test.

"I’d be very surprised if they don’t know who their best players are already," Chappell said.

"At this stage I think they’ll know ten out of the eleven for the first test – and the eleventh bloke that slots in won’t make that much of a difference."

Speaking on Labuschagne's credentials, Chappell was full of praise for his overall potential, but conceded he would struggle to force his way into the XI next Thursday.

"I think they would have already decided if Marnus would be in the squad or not, last night's innings probably wouldn’t make that much of a difference," Chappell said.

"You need to be careful picking players on Shield form and County second XI form, as the difference between that standard and Test cricket is huge."

Labuschagne has had a stellar County season to date, scoring 1114 runs for Glamorgan, at a very healthy average of 65.53.

"I think he (Labuschagne) has the potential to be a good test cricketer. At the moment, there’s some holes there, though," Chappell said.  

Day two of the intra-squad match continues tonight at 8pm AEST.

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