Legendary cricketer Ian Chappell has reacted to the Test series between India and Australia. Chappell has said that the Indian batting lineup will be greatly weakened by Virat Kohli’s return home. He said that the selection of players in this test series is going to decide the outcome of this series. The four-match Test series between the two teams will begin on 17 December and after the first Test match in Team India captain Virat Kohli will be in Adelaide. Paternity leave will return to India. In Kohli’s absence, Ajinkya Rahane will be seen leading the team in the remaining three Tests.
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Chappell wrote in his column in ESPN Cricinfo, “It will bring a huge reduction in the Indian batting order and also provide an opportunity for one of his talented players to show his skills.” Yet another turning point has taken place in the match which is taking shape of the exciting encounter and that is the important selection decision. The level of result may also come down which will depend on who is the most selective selector.
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Ian Chappell supported young batsman Will Pukowski in place of Joe Burns and said selection should always be based on current form. He went on to say, ‘For the opening partner with David Warner, I was worried about the choice of the Australian coach between Joe Burns and rising star batsman Will Pukowski. You should not guess too much about the importance of partnership. Burns had scored 256 runs at an average of 32 last summer with the help of two half-centuries. This is a below average performance for a test player. At the same time, Pukowski hit six centuries at the Sheffield Shield level, three of which were double centuries and two of them were double centuries.