IND vs AUS: “Sweeping Regularly Is Not The Answer To Playing Good Spin Bowling” – Ian Chappell Criticizes Australian Team

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Former Australia captain Ian Chappell says playing the sweep shot frequently isn’t the only strategy for survival against spinners on Indian-style surfaces. A batsman requires good footwork and the ability to score runs through the gaps to succeed when he plays Tests in subcontinental conditions, he continued.

There was much talk before the series about how Australia, under the leadership of Pat Cummins, had a great chance to defeat India there. However, the situation has been very difficult for the visitors. They suffered innings and 132 lost runs in the opening Test at Nagpur. Although they played better in Delhi, they were beaten by six wickets.

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Ian Chappell he argues that the sweeping stroke is not the only method of surviving against the spinners at the Indian wickets.

“Regular sweeping is not the answer to good spin bowling, and anyone who says so is speaking through their hat. The odd player is very good at sweeping and should use the shot, but for most, there are better ways.” said Ian Chappell.

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“Any good bouncing bowler is likely to expose the dangers of constantly sweeping. It should have been obvious in the build up to Australia what kind of batting strategies needed to be used in India. The most beneficial thing is to be aware of the ball, more than in Australia, and that there is a fraction more time than you think “ Ian Chappell added.

“Once a hitter understands overtime on slightly slower Indian pitches, he can get the ball into space to rack up precious runs. Those runs, especially early innings when survival is treacherous, can frustrate even the best spinners.” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo on Sunday.

“Rohit Sharma has performed admirably throughout the series”: Ian Chappell

Australia will play India in the third Test at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on March 1 after falling behind 2-0. Chappell also provided Australian batsmen with a lesson to be learned from Indian captain and opener Rohit Sharma batting in the first two ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy Tests.

“A successful player needs to quickly figure out how to survive the first ten minutes on a typical spin-encouraging Indian course, and hopefully enjoy a share of luck. If he plays sensibly, as Rohit Sharma has admirably demonstrated during the series, it’s not impossible to hit at the Indian Test pitches.” wrote Ian Chappell in his column for ESPNCricinfo on Sunday.

In the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the India team now leads Australia 2-0. In the third test match, which starts on March 1 at Holkar Stadium, Indore, Rohit Sharma’s side will try to win the series.

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