Melbourne: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has said that the appointment of Steve Smith as the vice-captain of the Australian cricket team ahead of the Ashes is controversial.
Chappell believes England will need to make a lasting impression in the first Test of the Ashes otherwise Australia will have no difficulty in winning the series.
England and Australia will face each other in the five-match Ashes series starting on Wednesday at the Gabba in Brisbane. Chappell also said that Steve Smith as vice-captain is a controversial choice.
“It is the toughest Ashes series to understand. First, there are controversies for both sides to assess; the Tim Paine crisis and the Azim Rafiq Yorkshire debacle. Then, neither team has played very serious cricket in the build-up and So it is difficult to match the heirs on each side,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.
“However, it is still the Ashes and one team will gain an advantage over the other. It looks like England will have to establish their credentials at the Gabba quickly or they will be overtaken by an Aussie in the ascendancy. England have that. The occasion is the first Test. There is an unknown quantity about the pitch, Ben Stokes is returning as a full-fledged all-rounder, and Pat Cummins is yet to establish his captaincy credentials,” he added.
Pat Cummins was named the captain of the Australian men’s Test cricket team last week after Tim Paine announced an indefinite break from all cricket.
“The last point is the most important one for Australia. Cummins is the right choice as captain. He’s the most inspirational cricketer Australia has ever produced. If a teammate isn’t inspired by Cummins’ heartfelt leadership, he’s playing the wrong grade. Is.” However, Steven Smith as the vice-captain remains a controversial choice. How the punishment for Smith’s leadership is a different burden for David Warner,” Chappell said.
“Cheating is cheating and both players were involved in the offense at Newlands in 2018. That being the case, their punishment should be the same but they are not. I can only assume that Smith received a lesser sentence for not being deprived of the captaincy.” , as no one liked Warner in Cricket Australia (CA). Likes and dislikes cannot be a part of any selection dilemma and CA should have taken a complete break from the past with a new leadership pair, “They said.
Talking about England’s prospects in the series, Chappell said: “England need to establish authority early at the Gabba as the wicket can help them early. If Stokes can put himself in the mind of the Aussies , then it will undermine his confidence and may create some unwanted doubts in Cummins as a leader. Even if England do not win the first Test, they are still enthusiastically playing in the day-night affair of Adelaide. needs to end at the top.”
“On the other hand, if Australia wins or at least establishes authority in Brisbane, an unstable English organization will struggle to achieve a victorious psychological advantage,” he said.
First Published:December 6, 2021, 10:43 am