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Tim Paine needs full control, says Ian Chappell

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Former captains Ian Chappell and Michael Clarke have spoken out against the lack of accountability among members of the Australian cricket team, following the 2-1 series loss to India.

Australia failed to beat India on the final day for the second consecutive test match, tactics of skipper Tim Paine have been under the microscope; especially the afternoon period in Brisbane yesterday, where Australia’s fast bowlers persisted with a short-lived attack on Indian batsmen.

Speaking on Sky Sports Radio this morning, Clarke lamented the change during his tenure, noting the increased power given to the selectors chairman, high performance boss and head coach, all at the expense of the captain. .

Chappell, who has led Australia in 30 of their 75 test matches, said the current system just isn’t working.

“It doesn’t surprise me that Michael Clarke recognized this, and I bet if you rang Mark Taylor he would say the same thing, ”he told Wide World of Sports.

“Mark certainly had a lot more control than Michael, and I had a lot more control than the two, and thank God for that.

“Tim is going to be scolded yesterday, and guys like (Justin) Langer and (Andrew) McDonald will get away with it.”

Chappell noted that during his time in charge, the team only had one team leader, rather than the plethora of coaches and assistants around the current squad.

“If the board knows anything about cricket they will look at what happened yesterday and think the system needs to change,” he said.

“They might not be going back to what it was when I was captain, but at least going back to what Mark Taylor had.

“I had it easy, I only had one guy to tell to piss off.”

Chappell was particularly scathing about the after-lunch tactics on the fifth day.

“I think yesterday was child’s play, and I think it was because too many people were putting their share in,” he said.

“I don’t know for sure because I wasn’t in the locker room, but when you’ve been playing and commenting for as long as I have, you see things that make you think that’s what happened.

“The absolute garbage right after lunch when the two bowlers hit the ball in short, I just can’t believe a single guy thought of that, and I can’t believe Tim Paine went to see them. bowlers and told them to do it, and the bowlers just accepted it.

“If this is what happened, they got the result they deserved.”

Chappell went on to explain that tactics on the pitch should be the sole domain of players.

“It’s no secret that I think the captain should lead the team and I wouldn’t care about the coach, but obviously modern teams do. But here’s a good lesson for any upcoming captain: run the show yourself.

“That’s why the captain should be running the show and I would tell any coach who wants to get their noses into things, when wins and losses go against your name then I’ll take a little note of. what you say.

“In the meantime, if you don’t mind, I’ll be running the show and doing it with the help of people on the pitch whose judgment I respect.

“Yesterday was a classic case of too many people sticking their noses where they shouldn’t.”

With India coming 1-0 to win the series, Chappell pointed out that Australia had struggled during the series with both bat and ball.

“Well, if you don’t think about it or if you just make a quick judgment, you’d say the stick is at fault,” he said.

“The first two tests were the stick, but it must be said that the bowling in the last two games, especially on the last day of those tests, was not what you expected.”

Chappell said that if the current coaching setup is maintained results like this summer’s loss to India will continue.

“The system needs to be revamped and radically reorganized because it doesn’t really work,” he said.

“It will work against less opposition, because any system will work out there. The players that the Australian system produces will beat the smallest lights every day of the week. But you are not there to beat the small ones. lights, you’re here to beat the best.

“This system will fail you quite regularly against the best teams.”

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