Chappell warns against youth over experience
Greg Chappell on Thursday cautioned selectors against choosing too
many youngsters in the transitional Australian team and sacrificing
One of Australia's greatest-ever batsmen, Chappell is Cricket
Australia's national talent manager, although he is no longer a selector
following the recommendations of a major review into the domestic game.
Chappell said the likes of struggling former captain Ricky Ponting is
making a contribution to the team along with the runs he scores.
"That knowledge and experience is a very handy asset to have in the
group," Chappell said at the launch of his book, Fierce Focus.
"You don't want to bring all young players in together.
"I don't think that's a recipe for success, any more than you want to
have a team that's all old players and all experienced players. It's
Chappell said a bit of pressure was good for players when questioned
about the positions of team veterans, Ponting and wicketkeeper Brad
Although reluctant to nominate individuals, Chappell felt Australia
had more good younger players emerging than was the case a few years
"I'm excited about the prospects for Australian cricket. I think the
next couple of years will be very exciting," he said.
"We do have some really good young cricketers around the place."
Mickey Arthur was Tuesday appointed Australia's new head coach but
Chappell, who once coached India, doubted whether he could offer any
advice to the South African on overseeing another country's cricketing
"There's a lot of things that you haven't got control over as a
coach. You are very reliant on the performance of the players on the
field," he said.
"But don't worry, if you lose the coach will get the blame.
"That's part of the territory. He (Arthur) has been around the traps,
he knows what it's all about."
Chappell was philosophical about sometimes being a lightning rod for
controversy and criticism in his post-playing days with India and
"At times, I have felt as though I have been unfairly treated but
that's OK, that happens," Chappell said.
"People can only make their judgements on what they see and what they
"At times I feel I've had better information, more information to be
able to make the decisions on and the criticisms have therefore been a
"But that's just part and parcel of being in these sorts of roles and
you've got to ride with the punches." AFP