Your morning dribble
Ian Chappell: Poor basics have brought down the standard of cricket | Cricinfo Magazine | ESPN Cricinfo
No it doesn't. In 2004 Australia were still top dog.The wildly fluctuating series between India and England reflects Test cricket in the last decade.
And how does he go about proving this?Unfortunately, parity has come about because the standard of the better sides has slipped a little rather than it being a case of the lesser teams raising the bar.
Erm...South Africa numerous times, McCullum and Watling, lots of others? Have you ever seen Pujara, Misbah and Sangakkara bat?Batting survival techniques have deteriorated. It's power-hitting that has dramatically improved. And while some amazing catches and saves are enacted near the boundary, in the crucial area of the close cordon, chances are too often spilt because simple but critical footwork is lacking. The pursuit of the spectacular has outstripped the desire to master basics.
Ian Chappell hates coaches. The sky is blue. Ian Chappell doesn't back his point up with anything. Grass is green. Excellent captain and batsman but rapidly becoming a self parody of his analysis.Much of the pre-game routines are fairy-floss rather than the meat and potatoes that help win cricket matches. One of my main concerns when the idea of international coaches was first mooted was that decisions would be taken to justify a large contract rather than be in the best interests of the player. It seems that many coaches want to leave a monument behind, and consequently there are numerous theories in existence replacing good old-fashioned tried and tested techniques.
Cbf with the rest. You lot can read. Do you agree with Chappell or are you in my camp?