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Saturday, 27 July 2019

Chappell's savage Burns of England Ashes opener


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Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has slammed England's Ashes top order, mocking openers Rory Burns and Jason Roy while questioning why Test captain Joe Root won't bat at No.3.

Chappell said that Australia's pacemen would be lining up for a crack at a possible England top three of Burns, Roy and Joe Denly.

"As long as I've been involved, England selectors have always helped Australia. You can rely on it and they've done it again," Chappell said on Sports Sunday.

"How any selector can pick Rory Burns as an international, particularly an international opener ... I reckon all the fast bowlers in Australia overnight, they would have gone banging on [Australian captain] Tim Paine's door saying, 'I want the first over, not he second over' - unless they say that Rory Burns was at the non-striker's end.

"That's ridiculous. If they play him, that's a huge advantage to Australia.

"England have been 3-30-odd now - as they were against Ireland in the first innings - pretty regularly in Test cricket of late. If they're 3-30 in most Test matches against Australia, they're in big trouble."

Burns twice made six in England's Test win over Ireland. He averages just 22.28 from seven Tests, with no centuries and two fifties (highest score 84).

Roy made five and 72 against Ireland on Test debut, while Denly made 23 and 10. Denly has played three Tests for a 24.16 average, making just one half-century (69).

Chappell said that England's squad gave him optimism for Australia's chances of retaining the Ashes, having won the last series 4-1 at home.

"Up until a couple of days ago, I thought it was going to be a really close series," Chappell said.

"I think now that, particularly if Australia get on top of England in the first Test, England could go down the mine very quickly. Because the problem they've got now is that if they lose that first Test and they don't bat very well, the England selectors are going to have to make some changes.

"What they're telling you by picking that squad is, 'We haven't got too many other choices'. Rory Burns and Jason Roy opening the batting? I mean, the Australian quickies will be saying, 'Thank you very much, England selectors'.

"Jason Roy is a good one-day opener, but look at him, the way he played against Ireland. Even when he got the 70-odd, I reckon he could have been out eight times in getting his first 20."

Chappell said that Root had repeatedly passed up the chance to solidify England's top order by batting at No.3 rather than No.4.

"It's a very dicey top order. Joe Root, why he won't bat at three ... if he would bat at three, that would solve some of their problems, not all of them," he said.

"There seems to be something about batting at No.3. Steve Smith won't bat at No.3, Michael Clarke wouldn't bat at No.3. No.3, to me, if you don't want to be an opener, No.3 is the best place in the order to bat."

Meanwhile, Chappell said that 'Sandpapergate' Cameron Bancroft had won his way back in to Australia's Test squad with grit. The Western Australian is competing for a top-order position for the Ashes opener.

"Bancroft's a tough competitor. The other things was that the line-up was so left-handed; I think that's the other thing that played in his favour," Chappell said.

"But no doubt that the 90-odd that he got against the Australian XI would have helped him. Because that's his style, he's a tough cricketer, tough conditions. I think that's why he's back in the side."

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has slammed England's Ashes top order, mocking openers Rory Burns and Jason Roy while questioning why Test captain Joe Root won't bat at No.3.

Chappell said that Australia's pacemen would be lining up for a crack at a possible England top three of Burns, Roy and Joe Denly.

"As long as I've been involved, England selectors have always helped Australia. You can rely on it and they've done it again," Chappell said on Sports Sunday.

"How any selector can pick Rory Burns as an international, particularly an international opener ... I reckon all the fast bowlers in Australia overnight, they would have gone banging on [Australian captain] Tim Paine's door saying, 'I want the first over, not he second over' - unless they say that Rory Burns was at the non-striker's end.

"That's ridiculous. If they play him, that's a huge advantage to Australia.

"England have been 3-30-odd now - as they were against Ireland in the first innings - pretty regularly in Test cricket of late. If they're 3-30 in most Test matches against Australia, they're in big trouble."

Burns twice made six in England's Test win over Ireland. He averages just 22.28 from seven Tests, with no centuries and two fifties (highest score 84).

Roy made five and 72 against Ireland on Test debut, while Denly made 23 and 10. Denly has played three Tests for a 24.16 average, making just one half-century (69).

Chappell said that England's squad gave him optimism for Australia's chances of retaining the Ashes, having won the last series 4-1 at home.

"Up until a couple of days ago, I thought it was going to be a really close series," Chappell said.

"I think now that, particularly if Australia get on top of England in the first Test, England could go down the mine very quickly. Because the problem they've got now is that if they lose that first Test and they don't bat very well, the England selectors are going to have to make some changes.

"What they're telling you by picking that squad is, 'We haven't got too many other choices'. Rory Burns and Jason Roy opening the batting? I mean, the Australian quickies will be saying, 'Thank you very much, England selectors'.

"Jason Roy is a good one-day opener, but look at him, the way he played against Ireland. Even when he got the 70-odd, I reckon he could have been out eight times in getting his first 20."

Chappell said that Root had repeatedly passed up the chance to solidify England's top order by batting at No.3 rather than No.4.

"It's a very dicey top order. Joe Root, why he won't bat at three ... if he would bat at three, that would solve some of their problems, not all of them," he said.

"There seems to be something about batting at No.3. Steve Smith won't bat at No.3, Michael Clarke wouldn't bat at No.3. No.3, to me, if you don't want to be an opener, No.3 is the best place in the order to bat."

Meanwhile, Chappell said that 'Sandpapergate' Cameron Bancroft had won his way back in to Australia's Test squad with grit. The Western Australian is competing for a top-order position for the Ashes opener.

"Bancroft's a tough competitor. The other things was that the line-up was so left-handed; I think that's the other thing that played in his favour," Chappell said.

"But no doubt that the 90-odd that he got against the Australian XI would have helped him. Because that's his style, he's a tough cricketer, tough conditions. I think that's why he's back in the side."

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