Chappell reckons Aussies will retain Ashes
Trevor Chappell, the former Australian cricketer reckons that
Australia would bounce back, win the final Test and retain the mythical
Chappell said so in an exclusive chat with me on our way to Watawala
to take a look at Saji's Watawala Spring Water (Pvt) Ltd bottling plant
which is owned by Bertram Jayasuriya who introduced the 'catch it'
fielding machine to the game.
Also keeping our company was Trevor Kelly, another keen Australian
cricket fan and close buddy of Chappell.
Incidentally Chappell is here on a coaching assignment at Fingara
International Cricket Academy where he is showing the youngsters how to
get their game together. Chappell was very impressed with this Academy
and paid a glowing tribute to the Ceylinco Group for getting up such a
It must be recalled that when Chappell was in charge of the Sri
Lankan fielding aspect, we had the honour of being tagged as one, if not
the best fielding side in the world.
To the final Ashes Test between Australia and England, Chappell said
that Australia's woes have stemmed from the fact that their top order
batsmen have failed to deliver.
'They are not getting their usual big scores, and this has gone to
cause most of their problems. In this aspect one must congratulate the
England bowlers, because they have very intelligently sorted out
Australia's top order batsmen', said Chappell, the youngest of the
Chappell brothers with the other two being Ian and Greg, who did wonders
for Aussie cricket.
However Chappell opines that it is time for the Australian selectors
to look for fresh blood, considering that most of the present Aussie
performers are nearing the end of their illustrious careers.
When asked as to why fresh blood was not introduced on this tour,
Chappell said that it was not easy to leave out any of the top players
because they were performing and Australia was winning. 'But this
England tour has shown up the weak areas and it is time for the Aussie
selectors to wring the changes,' said Chappell.
When questioned as to whether Australia have the replacements for the
great players who are now in the team, Chappell was prompt to reply that
there are no great players in the assembly lines. He said that Aussie
cricket would take a dip for sometime, but would rise again with time.
Chappell's buddy Trevor Kelly is plonking for England, saying that if
the Brits win it would be for the good of the game.
Bertram Jayasuriya another keen Aussie fan was also confident that
Australia would retain the Ashes.