Former Test captain Ian Chappell has cast doubts on the Australian first pair of Joe Burns and Matthew Wade, after Burns recorded a duck on Boxing Day against India.
Burns found himself walking out of the MCG without disturbing the scorers for the second consecutive Boxing Day test, having been sidelined from the first ball in 2019 against New Zealand.
It’s the latest in a horror series for the right-hander, who suffered a miserable run during the first part of the summer.
He made an unbeaten 51 in the second round in Adelaide, but Burns himself would likely agree that the tests of the 50s won’t be much easier than they did on this occasion, given that the surrender India’s third morning meant the game was actually over when he hit.
While Wade made it 30 himself before coming across an ill-advised shot from Ravi Ashwin, Chappell said the southpaw could soon find himself out of the side.
“I don’t think they can keep picking (Burns) if Warner is in good shape. But then, I don’t really think Wade is the answer on the other end either,” he said. Great world of sport.
“He looked pretty safe against the quickies. He played pretty well and in an aggressive style, but it was pretty obvious the Indians feel like he has a problem against spin bowling and that will be noted. by all other teams.
“He’s fine when you can’t find anyone else, but once someone else arrives they’ll have a hard time holding that place.”
While Wade could return to his natural position at No.6, Chappell said he would rather see all-around young player Cameron Green get an extended run.
“I like the idea of the all-rounder at six and having chosen Green I think they need to give him a little more time,” he said.
“At this point, his bowling seems a little further than his stick. You can’t give guys two innings. If you think a guy is good enough, you have to give him more than that.”
Chappell praised Indian bowling on opening day, thanking substitute captain Ajinkya Rahane for his “excellent captain” in Virat Kohli’s absence.
“Some of the lightning strikes were probably caused by really good bowling,” he said.
“When you think you’re going to have a hard time resisting bowling for a while, that’s when you tend to play rash shots.
“For example Matthew Wade has a little problem against the Spinners. He feels like his defense is not going to hold up and therefore he tries to get them before they catch him, it’s that kind. approach, and I think that led to his shot. “
While Steve Smith was fired for a rare duck, Chappell said he was not concerned with the former skipper’s long-term form.
“You can’t keep piling up on the slopes, I don’t care how talented you are,” he said.
“Sooner or later things will catch up with you and I think the Indians worked things out with him.” I have no worries, he will be shopping.
“India had to find a way to stop him or else they weren’t going to win the series, and so far they’ve had some success against him.”
India will resume matchday two from 1-36, 159 behind Australia’s first score of 195.
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