It’s Not Unfair To Describe Root As An Unlucky Captain: Ian Chappell

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England and Australia are sweating out in the high-voltage Ashes Test series in Australia, and spectators from all over the world are tuning in. Admittedly, the 2 teams have a long history on the field, and the iconic Ashes trophy is on the focus. However, everyone’s attentions are on the skipper of both sides, who are key players in their particular teams. we discussed here what Ian Chappell Speaks About Root Captaincy.

Ian Chappell Speaks About Root Captaincy

Their experiences, though, are totally different. Whereas Joe Root is England’s successful Test skipper, the Ashes were Pat Cummins‘ initial step into national leadership. Despite this, Ian Chappell believes Cummins excels his England opponent in terms of captaincy. When comparing these two leadership styles, the former Australian captain remarked that Cummins is an inspirational leader, whilst Root lacks creative abilities.

“Cummins acquired the appropriate nickname Postman Pat before he was appointed captain. He is accorded this handle because he regularly delivers, often providing Australia with a wicket when it’s needed. There is a lot to like about Cummins’ appointment, and he certainly delivered in his first captaincy Test with a five-wicket innings haul at the Gabba,” Chappell.

Cummins will improve as a captain: Ian Chappell

While admitting that Cummins may make mistakes in his initial days as Australia’s skipper, Chappell believes the right-arm bowler will continue to get better. “Cummins will improve as a captain because that is what good leaders do: they learn from their mistakes and try to avoid making them in the future,” stated Chappell.

“The one question Cummins can’t answer is how many Tests he’ll miss through injury or Covid regulations. His second-Test hiccup is one he will prefer to have avoided, but having to miss games is something you have to deal with,” he added.

When it came to Joe Root, the 78-year-old labeled him a “poor captain.” “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 belief,” he opined.

Furthermore, Australia leads the series 1-0 after winning the first Test by 9 wickets in Brisbane. The 2nd Test, a Pink-Ball match, is begun in Adelaide, and Australia appears to be on track for another success. Interestingly, Cummins was ruled out of this match after being discovered in close contact with a person who screened positive for the COVID-19 virus. In his unavailability, Steve Smith stepped in as captain.

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