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Chappell: India-Australia series meaningless

Chappell: India-Australia series meaningless
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Ian Chappell: India-Australia Series Meaningless. Coming down heavily on Cricket Australia for agreeing to the upcoming ODI series against India,...

Chennai: Coming down heavily on Cricket Australia for agreeing to the upcoming ODI series against India, former captain Ian Chappell said the “badly timed“ matches will dent the team's morale by exposing its “glaring“ batting frailties on spin-friendly tracks.

India and Australia will clash in a Twenty20 and seven ODIs starting October 10 in Rajkot. Chappell said the entire series has been planned just for money . “Agreeing to this meaningless ODI tour of India so close to an Ashes series is evidence that Cricket Australia is more concerned with dollars than sense,“ Chappell wrote in `ESPN Cricinfo'.

“Australia's mounting Test losses not only hurt in the record book but have also shredded the team's aura... Australia's weakness in this bleak period has been batting in general, and coping with good spin bowling in particular,“ he explained.

“The flaws have become so glaring that at a Lord's Taverners function I attended recently in London, the comments from former players were pointed. `What's happened to Australian batsmanship?' was the welcome from past opponents before I received the obligatory `Oh, and by the way, how are you?',“ he added.

In the absence of injured skipper Michael Clarke, Chappell said Australia would be all the more vulnerable against an Indian team, which dominates on home turf. “The glaring batting weakness will be exacerbated in India by the absence of Michael Clarke, easily the best player of spin in the Australian side. Without Clarke to guide them and be a steady source of runs, Australia are at risk of again losing in India,“ he said.

“While few from the ODI team will be in contention for the Test side, a demoralising loss on the eve of an Ashes series won't help Australian morale, while it will boost England's outlook,“ he added.

OZ START PRACTICE AT MUMBAI'S CCI

The Australian cricket team on Sunday sweated it out at the Cricket Club of India in their first training session ahead of the sevenmatch ODI series against India that will be preceded by the lone Twenty20 game at Rajkot on October 10.

The ODI rubber commences on October 13. The team, which arrived last night, had a light training session and played football in their one-hour outing here. The visiting team would have another twoday practice session at the Cricket Club of India before leaving for Rajkot for the opening T20 game and they are expected to have proper net sessions tomorrow morning.

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