Home > News >

Alastair Cook is not good enough to captain England team, says Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell voiced his opinion on Andy Flower-Kevin Pietersen fiasco © Getty Images
Ian Chappell (above) voiced his opinion on Andy Flower-Kevin Pietersen fiasco © Getty Images

By Arun Nayal

New Delhi: Jan 14, 2014

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels struggling Alastair Cook is not good enough to lead the England team as he lacks fire power and the home team will convincingly win the One-Day International (ODI) series with the visitors looking “terible” on the field.

“I don’t think Cook has it in him to be a good captain and he’ll always struggle against an aggressive leader like Michael Clarke,” Chappell told PTI in an interview.

Cook, 29, could only manage 246 runs in 10 Ashes innings and failed to inspire his side at crucial junctures, bringing his captaincy under scrutiny.

The Australian great said the English attack without pace bowler Stuart Broad lack wicket-taking ability and the hosts would continue to torment their opponents in the ongoing ODI series as well.

“Australia will comfortably win the ODI series. England is terrible in the field and the bowling without (Stuart) Broad lacks wicket-taking potential,” said Chappell.

The change of format didn’t change English fortunes as the Australian side inflicted yet another humiliating defeat in the first of the five ODIs on the tourists after the Ashes rout.

England management have rested Broad for the first couple of matches. The fast bowler has had a decent series taking 21 wickets in the five Test matches.

Reports have emerged of breakdown of relations between Kevin Pietersen and the England team director, Andy Flower, raising clouds of uncertainty over the star batsman’s future in the team but Chappell feels the 33-year-old was one the best in their ranks.

“Pietersen is one of the better England players. Why drop a good player?,” he asked.
“I don’t believe in fall guys — you either pick or drop players because you think they’ll improve the side or they’re having an adverse affect on the team.”

After the limited-overs series, Australia have a tough overseas assignment in the form of world No 1 Test nation, South Africa, and the 70-year-old said he is expecting a riveting series.

Chappell said Australia will be tested by the South Africans and will have to address their “shaky batting”.

“Yes, Australia will be really tested by South Africa, as their batting is shaky and they can’t expect the lower order to keep bailing them out. However, they have a strong attack, more versatile than South Africa, and Clarke is a far better captain than Smith. They’ll be competitive,” he concluded.

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Centurion

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014 (16:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 14, 2014  at Sharjah

Pakistan won by 147 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 13, 2014  at Pallekele

Sri Lanka won by 90 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 12, 2014  at Sharjah

New Zealand won by 4 wkts

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Josh Hazlewood looks back at his 5-wicket haul

South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 2 at Centurion: South Africa declare at 552 for 5

Australia 221/4 at stumps against India on Day 2 of 2nd Test at Brisbane

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane: Maiden wickets, an elusive ton, and other highlights from Day 1

Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane guide India to 311/4 against Australia on Day 1 of 1st Test at Brisbane

Australia India Interviews Ishant Sharma Moments in history Ravichandran Ashwin South Africa

Stiaan van Zyl becomes first South African batsman to score Test century on debut at home

South Africa vs West Indies 1st Test, at Centurion: Rain forces early end to Day 2

Sachin Tendulkar satisfied with India’s progress in other sports

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane: India failed to capitalise on good start, says Sunil Gavaskar

West Indies tour of South Africa 2014: Assad Fudadin ruled out of Test series due to finger injury

Josh Hazlewood’s relentless accuracy and subtle movement against India in 2nd Test at Brisbane augurs well for Australia

South Africa vs West Indies 2014, 1st Test at Centurion: Hashim Amla’s double-century and other statistics

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 2: India’s familiar collapse, Umesh Yadav’s heroics and other highlights

Keki Tarapore – India’s manager on the successful West Indies tour of 1971

Shane Watson at No. 3? Australia may want to reconsider

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

653 Posts | 10 Fans

India vs Australia: Murali Vijay's 144, Video highlights

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here