Australian players are losing their creativity in the bid for security: Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell recommend a complete overhaul in the Cricket Australia’s outdated central contract system © AFP


By CricketCountry Staff


Melbourne: Oct 23, 2011


The outgoing selector and national talent manager Greg Chappell blasted Australia’s top cricketers of being too conservative and for not training with enough intensity, but his main criticism was that they do not take risks.


“I see them getting dulled every day. They’re losing their creativity in the bid for security,” Chappell writes in his new book, Fierce Focus.


“Australian cricket’s success was always built on risk-takers. But the higher up the chain you go now, the more conservative and defensive cricket becomes.


“Conservatism is not going to take us back to the top. In the current full-time professional era, who would take up the risk of bowling the outrageous kind of wrist spin Shane Warne took up, when you can make a good living bowling economical finger spin?


“Australian cricket has lived on the back of its champions. That’s what we need to find.”


Chappell recommend a complete overhaul in the outdated central contract system.


“It must become an incentive-based program as soon as possible and must reward those who play and contribute to series wins and victories in the big international tournaments,” Chappell writes.


Chappell was heavily criticised for Australia’s 3-1 Ashes loss at home last summer but Chappell laid the blame on the experienced leaders like Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.


“Aside from Mike Hussey, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin, the senior guys in the team were outplayed by their English counterparts. The selectors can’t be blamed if it’s the top four choices who don’t get the job done,” he wrote.