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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Legend's brutal Smith sledge for England


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England have neither the ability or patience to get Steve Smith out and could lose the Ashes 5-0, former Australian captain Ian Chappell says.

Chappell lashed England after their dismal 251-run loss in the first Test at Edgbaston, where Smith made twin centuries (144 and 142) in his return to the baggy green.

The home side have called-up paceman Jofra Archer for his debut in the second Test at Lord's, hoping that he can rattle the champion batsman.

Chappell said on Sports Sunday that is was a forlorn hope, after England proved themselves incapable in the series opener. The former Australian captain said that Stuart Broad had bowled a single over that troubled Smith, briefly hitting a good length on off-stump early on day four.

"They couldn't find a way through him out here, the last Ashes series in Australia, and it looks like in that interim period they haven't discovered anything else," Chappell said.

"They either can't or they haven't got the patience to keep sticking at it.

"It's like as a batsman, you get a really good spell of bowling coming at you and you think to yourself, 'Right, I've just got to see this out; if I can see this out, things will get better'. Sometimes you've got to do the same as a bowler, particularly if you're up against someone like Smith.

"I don't think England have either got the ability or the patience to do it. Archer's a very good cricketer ... he might trouble Smith with a few short ones, but it's a major problem.

"I can see a 5-0 coming up here.

"I said before the series that I thought it England lost the first Test, they could crumble very quickly. We saw them crumble out here and we've seen that happen a couple of times. I can see it happening again, as long as weather doesn't intervene."

Hazlewood has Siddle covered: Chappell

Chappell said that despite Australia falling to 8-122 in the first innings at Edgbaston, England clearly had the weaker batting line-up. He said that Australia's batting wasn't necessarily all about Smith.

"(David) Warner's a very good player," Chappell said.

"If you're nervous about the Australian batting line-up, if you were English, you would be extremely nervous about the English batting line-up. They've got about three, maybe four one-day batsmen in a Test side and they wonder why they can't bat out a day to save the game."

Jason Roy falls to injudicious stroke

Chappell said that while he would have retained axed pacemen Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the first Test, their omission was at least a sign of Australia's ruthlessness. He said that England never showed strength with its selections.

The home side have called upon quick Jofra Archer to replace injured spearhead James Anderson, while left-arm spinner Jack Leach comes in for the horribly out-of-form Moeen Ali.

"I would've had Starc in the first Test," Chappell said.

"And also, everyone's jumping up and down about the job (Peter) Siddle did, and he did a very good job. But does anyone think Josh Hazlewood wouldn't have done the same thing?

"Josh is a very, very accurate bowler, a bit quicker than Siddle. It was a gutsy move - and this is a thing about Australian selection.

England Ashes selection too soft: Chappell

"Australian selection historically will be much more ruthless than any other team. What other country would leave out Starc and Hazlewood?

"What other country would drop Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor when they're captains? What other country would do that?

"England should have been a bit more ruthless with their second Test selection, which tells me that either they're not going to be ruthless, or they haven't got much (else).

"Leach I don't think is going to be much better than Moeen Ali. In fact, if I was an England selector, as much as it would pain me to do it, I'd go without a spinner and I'd play (Sam) Curran and Jofra Archer.

"But their selectors are not ruthless; as are none of the other countries, apart from Australia."

England have neither the ability or patience to get Steve Smith out and could lose the Ashes 5-0, former Australian captain Ian Chappell says.

Chappell lashed England after their dismal 251-run loss in the first Test at Edgbaston, where Smith made twin centuries (144 and 142) in his return to the baggy green.

The home side have called-up paceman Jofra Archer for his debut in the second Test at Lord's, hoping that he can rattle the champion batsman.

Chappell said on Sports Sunday that is was a forlorn hope, after England proved themselves incapable in the series opener. The former Australian captain said that Stuart Broad had bowled a single over that troubled Smith, briefly hitting a good length on off-stump early on day four.

"They couldn't find a way through him out here, the last Ashes series in Australia, and it looks like in that interim period they haven't discovered anything else," Chappell said.

"They either can't or they haven't got the patience to keep sticking at it.

"It's like as a batsman, you get a really good spell of bowling coming at you and you think to yourself, 'Right, I've just got to see this out; if I can see this out, things will get better'. Sometimes you've got to do the same as a bowler, particularly if you're up against someone like Smith.

"I don't think England have either got the ability or the patience to do it. Archer's a very good cricketer ... he might trouble Smith with a few short ones, but it's a major problem.

"I can see a 5-0 coming up here.

"I said before the series that I thought it England lost the first Test, they could crumble very quickly. We saw them crumble out here and we've seen that happen a couple of times. I can see it happening again, as long as weather doesn't intervene."

Hazlewood has Siddle covered: Chappell

Chappell said that despite Australia falling to 8-122 in the first innings at Edgbaston, England clearly had the weaker batting line-up. He said that Australia's batting wasn't necessarily all about Smith.

"(David) Warner's a very good player," Chappell said.

"If you're nervous about the Australian batting line-up, if you were English, you would be extremely nervous about the English batting line-up. They've got about three, maybe four one-day batsmen in a Test side and they wonder why they can't bat out a day to save the game."

Jason Roy falls to injudicious stroke

Chappell said that while he would have retained axed pacemen Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the first Test, their omission was at least a sign of Australia's ruthlessness. He said that England never showed strength with its selections.

The home side have called upon quick Jofra Archer to replace injured spearhead James Anderson, while left-arm spinner Jack Leach comes in for the horribly out-of-form Moeen Ali.

"I would've had Starc in the first Test," Chappell said.

"And also, everyone's jumping up and down about the job (Peter) Siddle did, and he did a very good job. But does anyone think Josh Hazlewood wouldn't have done the same thing?

"Josh is a very, very accurate bowler, a bit quicker than Siddle. It was a gutsy move - and this is a thing about Australian selection.

England Ashes selection too soft: Chappell

"Australian selection historically will be much more ruthless than any other team. What other country would leave out Starc and Hazlewood?

"What other country would drop Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor when they're captains? What other country would do that?

"England should have been a bit more ruthless with their second Test selection, which tells me that either they're not going to be ruthless, or they haven't got much (else).

"Leach I don't think is going to be much better than Moeen Ali. In fact, if I was an England selector, as much as it would pain me to do it, I'd go without a spinner and I'd play (Sam) Curran and Jofra Archer.

"But their selectors are not ruthless; as are none of the other countries, apart from Australia."

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