In preparation for the impending third Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023, former Australia cricketer Greg Chappell examined and questioned Australia’s mentality, which, in his opinion, would reflect their energy going into the contest.
Australia is already behind 2-0 in this Test series, meaning they will not be able to win back the treasured trophy they lost in 2017. They have been under heavy fire from all sides for their selection of the starting XI in the first two tests, poor player management, ineffective playing tactics, and perplexed strategy-making.
Without holding back, Chappell criticised Australia for their dismal cricket performance. He used an analogy to show what the team was doing incorrectly.Extending the adage that a plan is pointless if it isn’t executed, boxing legend Mike Tyson referred to Australia’s dreadful strategy-making efforts.
Before a fight with Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson famously remarked, “Everyone has a strategy until they get punched in the mouth. The Australian team punched themselves in the mouth before the first ball was even played, which worries me after watching the first two Test matches. Planning is one thing, but basing a plan on false assumptions is pointless, according to Chappell.
Greg Chappel urges Australia to pick their playing Eleven wisely, saying that selecting spinners is not the best path to win.
The former right-handed hitter gave a harsh review of Australia’s performance inboth of the Test matches, which they utterly lost to India. He specifically questioned Australia’s motivation for deploying so many spinners considering their pace-attack has traditionally been successful against the “kangaroos.”
He also accused them of failing to play to their strengths even when the pitch was favourable for spin and charged the management with heedlessly copying the Indian selection strategy of adding spin options to the starting lineup. He believed that Australia’s disastrous performances in both of their matches against India were due to their failure to support the experienced pacers and, additionally, their relatively sluggish batting strategy.
To have a chance of winning this, Australia had to play to their strengths.Spin bowling is not our strong suit. series. Success in India does not come from selecting spinners only for the sake of it. The 74-year-old wrote in his Sydney Morning Herald column, “We had to pick our best bowlers, trust them to do the job, and back it up with reasonable batting, based on strong principles.
Chappell voiced his surprise that captain Pat Cummins didn’t bowl as much as he should have and relied on the spinners to get those Indian wickets as a last point.