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“They overthink things,” says Ian Chappell of Australia’s selection procedure.

"They overthink things," says Ian Chappell of Australia's selection procedure.

Team India once again dominated Australia to win the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India maintained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the fourth consecutive year as Australia failed to continue their strong start in Delhi’s second encounter.

After losing the first Test due to India’s dominance, the Australians altered their lineup for the second match. After Australia lost the first game, Matt Kuhnemann was added to the squad and Travis Head was left out of the first Test. Former captain Ian Chappell has much to say on this subject.

“I don’t think there was justification for some of the things they’ve done; their selections reeked of panic,” Chappell said on Nine’s Wide World of Sports. “If you want to look at panic, the dropping of (Travis) Head, playing (Matt) Renshaw (in the first Test ahead of Head), saying he’s a good spin bowler – and you bat him in the middle order,” he added.
“You enter the second Test with only one quick, you fly (Matt) Kuhnemann over from Australia, and you play him ahead of (Ashton) Agar, who bowls the same type of deliveries and was originally in the squad. Now, are you going to tell me that those are not panic picks? This is the issue: people overthink situations “he added.

India’s bowling arsenal was too much for Australia to handle in the second innings of the second Test, despite the fact that Australia had gotten off to a promising start. In the second innings, the 34-year-old Ravindra Jadeja claimed seven wickets to demolish the opposition’s batting lineup.

Ian Chappell also pondered on the fact that Australia is unsure of their optimal batting order. “I also believe that India does not know its finest batting order, but the best batsmen are currently in India. You must select your top bowlers. As the selector, you must determine who you believe will collect 20 wickets the quickest. And I doubt they have any idea who that is, especially in India.”

 

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