The Australian cricket team and the management have some serious brainstorming to do after losing the test series to India by 2-1, especially the fourth test match which they lost at Gabba, Brisbane, where they were invincible for the last 32 years. The Australian cricketers are getting slammed big time but the former Aussie cricketer Greg Chappell who also worked as the Indian coach in the past has come pretty hard on the Cricket Australia for not investing much in the Australian domestic cricket and for not nurturing the young talent in a proper manner.
Greg Chappell feels that the Australian youngsters are not competitive enough in comparison to the Indian youngsters. He calls the young Aussie cricketers weekend warriors as they don’t face many challenges in comparison to the Indian youngsters who have to prove themselves from the time they start playing in the under-16 group. In a column written by Greg Chappell in a leading Australian daily, he asks the Cricket Australia to invest more in young cricketers just like the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Greg writes that while BCCI is investing millions, Cricket Australia’s investment is only $44m dollars on the Sheffield Shield and the difference is equivalent to the size of Indian Ocean. He also gives a warning that if the Cricket Australia doesn’t realise the importance of being competitive in test cricket and doesn’t bring a change in its attitude, the Australian cricket will be left far behind.
Talking about the brilliant performances of the Indian cricketers, Greg Chappell states that he is not surprised to see the Indian young cricketers performing well and others should also make it a habit of seeing them doing well in pressure situations. He goes on to say that cricket fraternity should not worry about team India becoming the best team of the world because the Indian cricket has the capacity of giving five best teams to the world.
Greg Chappell also writes that he won’t blame the Aussie skipper and the bowlers for the loss in the series as the batsmen didn’t live up to the expectations. According to him, some may be slamming Tim Paine but he is one of the five Aussie cricketers who can easily find a place in the Australian team because he may not have had a good series with the gloves but still he averaged around 40.
Do you agree with Greg Chappell?