Former national captain Ian Chappell has questioned Australia’s decision-making process after the hosts fell short in the fourth Ashes Test.
Some greats of the game, including Mark Taylor, Mark Waugh and David Lloyd, have argued that Pat Cummins took too long to declare on day four of the Sydney game, after England survived 102 overs to force a game bad.
But instead of becoming another critic of Cummins’ call for statement, which was made after a 387 track was compiled, Chappell wondered if the captain was listening to too many opinions.
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“My query would be more like ‘Who makes the decision? “” said Chappell on Wide World of Sports’ Off the rope.
“Is it a combined thing? The captain’s job can be tough work and I think you have to decide, ‘This is the time I want to give the bowlers to take the 10 wickets.’ I would listen to some senior players. , but the guys who are off the field – I don’t know why I listen to them because they are not there. It’s your vice-captain, your senior players who are there. They are fighting, they know what it’s like. “
Taylor said the Off the rope that he thought Cummins had a ‘terrific’ fifth day as captain, highlighting his measured use of the Nathan Lyon tweaker and his willingness to use part-time leg spinners Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.
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The former national captain also argued that the SCG wicket was “no longer the pitch it was,” claiming “it’s not a raging turner” and “the bullets don’t go up and down like they did before the end of a match “.
The draw for the fourth test follows India’s colossal efforts to break a deadlock on the fifth day of the SCG the previous year, when Ajinkya Rahane’s men survived 131 overs against an Australia led by Tim Paine.
Chappell is a staunch supporter of Cummins as a captain.
“Anyone who is not inspired by Pat Cummins is a jerk because he is by far the most inspiring player on this Australian team,” said Chappell.
“People who questioned his credentials as captain don’t know anything about the game.
“Take (former Pakistani captain) Imran Khan’s comment. He said,“ If you want to be a good cricket captain, you have to understand bowling. ”Well, who will understand bowling better than Pat Cummins? ‘is a I think he did a terrific job in that regard.
“He has all the qualifications to be a captain. It’s going to get more difficult for him, it’s not going to be like that, but he will be a good captain.”
Australia will aim to complete a 4-0 series victory in Hobart, tying the 2017-18 Ashes result at home.
The final match, which will be played at Bellerive Oval starting tomorrow, will see Hobart host its very first Ashes Test.
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