Chappell does not believe in the “myth” that all number three batsmen are the best
Legendary Australia batsman Ian Chappell has dismissed ongoing speculation amongst the cricketing community that the number three batsman of any team is the best.
Chappell noted that the same is true of the current Australian batting lineup and added that all the batsmen need to get their act together and stay consistent after their dismal performance in the final Test against South Africa at Perth saw them lose the golden opportunity of becoming the new number one Test team.
Writing in his column for News.com.au, Chappell said: “The myth that the best batsman should be at three was born in the Bradman era. However, he should at least reside in the top four and not be parked away at five as is currently the situation.”
Chappell stated that batsman David Warner and all-rounder Shane Watson should be opening the batting for Australia since it would be an ideal left and right hand combination, but also due to the fact that it reminded him of Michael Slater and Mark Taylor, where one was the aggressor, while the other played with more discipline.
“That makes David Warner and Watson the ideal pair, as the former can quickly devastate the opposition and the latter plays pace well and is rarely dismissed early,” Chappell added.
The former Australia cricketer further mentioned that a number four batsman should be similar to a Greg Chappell or Mark Waugh, whereby they are able to play a variety of shots and have the ability to get things under control or speed the innings up at any given point in time.
In terms of the number five or six batsman, Chappell simply stated that they should be equally comfortable against pace and spin bowling.
“The current team, with a plethora of openers, is in part a reflection on the dearth of young players successfully batting in crucial positions for their states,” Chappell said. “The system is not producing young players to plug these gaps at Test level and the Argus report has done little to rectify the flaws.”