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Chappell sees no reason why Clarke shouldn’t promote himself up the batting order
Legendary Australia batsman Ian Chappell believes that Test captain Michael Clarke is “crazy” not to “be batting at three”, given his outstanding form with the bat in the past year.
Chappell’s comments come after Clarke has constantly had to stabilise the Australian innings during Test matches as the top order continuously fails to do their job.
“Michael Clarke, to me, should be batting at three but he won’t, which I think is crazy,” Chappell was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. “I don’t understand why Michael Clarke doesn’t go there.
“Long term you’ve got to have a decent number three but when you haven’t got one who’s a prototype, then your best player’s got to play there and that’s Clarke. They also need Warner in the side but they don’t need him batting at six. His talents will be diluted if he bats down the order. He should be opening with Shane Watson but I fear he won’t be.”
Chappell also noted that Australia have to “go down fighting” in the last two Tests of the ongoing Ashes series.
“If they’re going to go down, they go down fighting and the opposition should know they’ve been in a bloody fight and had to play their absolute to beat you,” he said. “The public were devastated by what happened at Lord’s because of the way they crumbled and went down easily.”