Ashes: Chappell hits out at Root’s captaincy
Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has launched a scathing attack on Joe Root’s tactics ahead of the Lord’s Test and went on to question his credibility as skipper.
Having managed to put Australia on the backseat at 121/8 in its first innings, Joe Root lost the grip and gave the tourists enough breathing space to go for the kill and as a result, Aussies stamped their authority against England and took a 1-0 lead in the five-match Ashes 2019 series.
Ian Chappell believes that is time for England to look for other options as captain.
“If Root was captaining Australia, and the selectors were seeing the things that I’ve spoken about, there’s a fair chance Joe would be getting the boot if there was a decent alternative,” Chappell told Wide World of Sports.
“But England would never have the guts to do that.”
Chappell who skippered Australia 30 times in the red-ball format was specifically critical of the decision to bowl Moeen Ali at the start of day 4.
It was when Aussies started their play on the penultimate day of the Test with a minimal lead of 34, with former skipper Steve Smith and Travis Head at the crease.
After reading the wicket, Root started the day with off-spinner Moeen Ali but it backfired badly as the all-rounder conceded 4.48 runs per over in Australia’s second innings, concluding with figures of 2-130 as Steve Smith stupendously scored 142 with ease.
“If England get Smith on the fourth morning, they probably win the Test,” Chappell said. “So you had to get everything right, so to bowl Moeen was just playing into Smith’s hands.”
While Chappell concedes the fact that mistakes are bound to happen when you are a captain, Root’s repeated failure to sort out the woe is what concerns him a lot.
“After two overs you had to see that Moeen shouldn’t have been bowling. He’d bowled a full toss over Steve Smith’s head. That one delivery tells you a lot of things. But Moeen bowled seven overs on the trot.
It was a mistake originally and then compounded by not getting him off quickly. It showed no feel for the match. Get Steve Smith out and you win, if that’s not enough incentive to captain well then I don’t know what is,” he said.