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Aussie legend Ian Chappell slams England captain Joe Root as the ‘opposite of excellent leadership’

‘Root is an excellent batter however a poor captain’: Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell questions England star’s techniques and choice with vacationers dealing with second heavy Test defeat in Ashes collection

  • Ian Chappell has cranked up the warmth on under-fire England captain Joe Root 
  • England are dealing with a second crushing defeat by Australia in the second Test
  • England resume day 5 on 82-4 – chasing an unbelievable 468 for victory 

Australia legend Ian Chappell has slammed the management of England captain Joe Root throughout the first two Test matches of the Ashes collection.

England are dealing with a second crushing defeat by Australia as they resume day 5 of the second Test on 82-4 – chasing an unbelievable 468 for victory. 

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And former Australia skipper Chappell has cranked up the warmth on Root by questioning his decision-making, together with crew choice, bowling plans and deciding to bat first at the Gabba. 

Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has cranked up the heat on England captain Joe Root

Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has cranked up the warmth on England captain Joe Root

‘What is the opposite definition of excellent leadership? There’s a great likelihood it may be summed up by Joe Root’s captaincy,’ Chappell told ESPNcricinfo.

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‘Root is an excellent batter but a poor captain. it would not be unfair to describe him as an ordinary and unlucky captain.

‘Rarely do you find a long-term captain who is lacking in imagination but is also lucky. A fortunate captain is usually lucky because the players believe he is some kind of miracle-worker and things tend to work out because of the team’s perception.

‘It showed again at Adelaide Oval that misfortune follows Root’s crew round. The England bowlers beat the bat often however had little to indicate for his or her sincere toil.

Chappell has questioned Root's leadership during first two Test matches of the Ashes series

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Chappell has questioned Root’s management throughout first two Test matches of the Ashes collection

‘However, the England selectors’ tolerance of mediocrity was additionally on view when Jos Buttler, who is way from their greatest keeper, was once more chosen and made but extra inexcusable blunders.

‘No amount of blustering bluff at press conferences can cover up for the selection mistakes that have been made by England.

‘Root had to find a way to be ahead in the Adelaide Test if England were to surge back into the series.

‘Unfortunately, they again let the opportunity slip with some questionable bowling and even more negative tactics.’

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