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Ian Chappell to Australia: Learn to use feet, plan better

Sweeping regularly is not the answer to playing good spin bowling, and anyone who says so is talking through his hat, says former captain

Our Bureau New Delhi Published 27.02.23, 04:47 AM
Ian Chappell.

Ian Chappell. File picture

Like many have already said, Ian Chappell too has slammed Australia’s sweep ploy in the ongoing Test series against India.

In his column for ESPNcricinfo, Ian wrote: “Sweeping regularly is not the answer to playing good spin bowling, and anyone who says so is talking through his hat.


“The odd player is very good at sweeping and should utilise the shot, but for the majority, there are better ways. Any good spin bowler who makes the ball bounce is likely to expose the dangers in sweeping constantly.”

Australia prepared on special pitches in Sydney and chose not to play a single tour game in India for the gruelling month-long series.

“You don’t discover how to play good spin bowling later in life on a scarified Australian pitch just prior to a vital tour of India. You have to learn good footwork — coming three paces out of your crease or retreating quickly onto the back foot — at a young age,” the former captain wrote. wrote.

He also feels Pat Cummins and Co. erred in forming their batting strategy in the buildup to the series.

“It should have been obvious in Australia’s build-up what kinds of batting strategies needed to be used in India. The most beneficial is to watch the ball closely, more so than in Australia, and that there is a fraction more time than you think.

“Selectors can be fooled into thinking that playing spin bowling well in Australia automatically means success will follow on Indian pitches.

“That isn’t so, but if the method in Australia is a sound one, selectors should assume it could lead to success in India. Once a batter understands about the extra time on slightly slower Indian pitches, he can work the ball into a gap to collect precious runs.

“Those runs, especially early in an innings, when survival is treacherous, can frustrate even the best spinners.” He also questioned Australia’s team’s selection in the first two Tests. “Australia’s selection on this tour has been awfully inconsistent and at times irrational.”

Written with inputs from PTI

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