Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell has said that Captain Joe Rooten has no Imagination, which could put England at risk in the Ashes season to be played this year. The first Men’s Ashes test will begin in Gabis, Brisbane, from December 8 to 12 before the night test at the Adelaide Oval from December 16 to 20. Chappell said there are situations in Australia where a Skipper should be imaginative, and that is not the strength of the Skipper in England.
“Captain Rooten often lacks imagination and reason. The tendency to have long discussions with major players is reminiscent of Alastair Cook at worst,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.
“There is a difference between a captain who consults and one who is unsure. Dithering looks bad for the captain. There are Australian captures to force the imagination into a problem and that is not one of Root’s strengths,” he added.
Chappell said England have a fast bowling team that can win a series, but the team does not have the strength in the battle lineup.
“England have a potential fast-paced winning team. The top battle and captain Joe Root are worrisome,” Chappell said.
The former Australian skipper highlighted how Pacers Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood easily break into English battles.
“The initial combination of Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns is unpleasant and unconvincing. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood should be delighted if the two names appear in the top slots on the Gabba team’s page,” Chappell said.
“Given the skill of the Australian rhythm trio, bad starts can be a death penalty for England,” he added.
For the first time in 26 years, the last Ashes Test will not be held in Sydney.
The regular Boxing Day and New Year Tests will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (December 26-30) and Sydney Cricket Ground (January 5-9) respectively, with the final test scheduled at Optus Stadium in Perth (January 14-18).
England’s fifth and final game in 2019 was won by 135 runs to tie the series 2-2. However, Australia held the ballot before beating Ashes in the 2017-18 season.
It was the first time in 47 years that the Ashes ended in a draw. The last series to end as a draw between England and Australia was in 1972.
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