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Ian Chappell criticizes Joe Root’s captaincy

June 6, 2021

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Writing for his column at ESPNcricinfo, Ian Chappell identified some issues with Joe Root's captaincy. He opined that the England Captain at times lacked imagination and reason. This might be problematic for Team England in the upcoming Men's Ashes Test. The Ashes Test is set to start from 8th December at Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

England is still to play six Tests before they take on Australia in December. Root has led the team in 50 Tests with 26 wins, 18 losses and 6 draws. The England skipper has a win rate of 50.98 in Tests.

The former Australian skipper, Ian Chappell, reasoned that a captain needs to have imagination and decisiveness. These are often lacking in Root's captaincy. He has a habit of discussing with senior players at length which might hint at indecision. The captain often has to be imaginative and make a decision which is not a strength of Root.

England has a powerful lineup of fast bowlers

However, he believes that their batting skills and poor Captaincy might land them in trouble come December. Australian Pacers, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc, might easily beat England's batting. Root's decision to have Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley as the openers might prove advantageous for the Aussies. Burns recently scored 132 runs against New Zealand.

The Ashes Test resulted in a draw in 2019. The last draw between the Brits and the Aussies happened in 1972. England won the final match of the Test in 2019 ending in a 2-2 draw. However, they kept the urn as they had won the previous Test in 2017.

The Ashes Test will not be held in Sydney this year. The later Tests will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and then the Sydney Cricket Ground from December 26th and January 5th respectively. The Final Test will be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth from January 14th.

After the two-match Test against New Zealand, the English team would face India for a five-match Test series. The game would start from 4th August, after the end of the WTC finals. Right after the Test against India, the Joe Root-led team would fly to Australia for the Ashes 2021.

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