"If you want to beat Australia, just follow this plan..." : Greg Chappell

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If you want to beat Australia, just follow this plan

Greg Chappell

It was Confucius who opined that “success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure”.

Individuals and sporting teams have been successful by accident, but sustainable success is achieved through meticulous planning, preparation and execution.

My first Test series was against England in Australia and the English captain, Ray Illingworth, had thought through what his team needed to do to win in Australia. He had a good pace attack, brilliantly led by John Snow, backed up by the parsimonious spin of Derek Underwood and himself. The batting was unspectacular and relied on patience and building partnerships.

Possibly, the two best prepared captains to arrive in Australia have been Douglas Jardine and Clive Lloyd.

Jardine did not play in the 1930 series in England, when Don Bradman amassed 974 runs at the astounding average of 139.14 and Lloyd had suffered a stinging defeat in Australia in 1975-76. They were not going to sit idly by and hope providence would prevent it from happening again.

After that series, Jardine sat down with Arthur Carr, captain of Nottinghamshire, and his two fast bowlers Harold Larwood and Bill Voce who appraised Jardine of what they had seen of Bradman.

The four of them devised a plan to combat Bradman on the next Ashes Tour to Australia in 1932-33. Jardine asked Larwood if he could bowl a line of leg stump and make the ball “come up into the body” to force Bradman to play the ball on the leg side rather than the off. Larwood replied, “yes, I think that can be done. It’s better to rely on speed and accuracy than anything else when bowling to Bradman because he murders any loose stuff”.

Larwood and Voce bowled at Bradman’s body, with a packed leg-side field, ready to catch anything that Bradman fended. Jardine questioned the open off-side field, but Carr replied that Larwood was so accurate that there was no need for concern. Fast leg theory was born.

Not everyone in the England camp supported Jardine’s leg theory during the Bodyline series, but they had an acrimonious 4-1 series win.

Australia’s experienced team, on the back of some strong pace bowling, brilliant batting and great catching hammered Lloyd’s West Indians 5-1 in 1975-76.

After the tour, Lloyd sat down with his friend and former first-class cricketer Dr Rudi Webster, who lived in Melbourne at the time, and vowed to assemble the finest pace bowling attack ever seen, supported by aggressive batting and world-class fielding. What he put together went on to dominate world cricket for the next 20 years.

Yes. It is tough for visiting teams to win in Australia.

Only five countries have won Test series in Australia. England have done it 14 times, West Indies on four occasions, South Africa three times, India twice and New Zealand once. Pakistan have never achieved the feat.

This won’t change any time soon unless Pakistan play with more purpose and planning in Melbourne and Sydney.

What does it take to win in Australia?

The first thing is to look the Aussies in the eye. Show them that you are their equal. India have learnt this lesson in recent times, stood their ground and returned fire with interest.

Secondly, quality pace bowling is a must. No visiting spinner has won a series in Australia in my memory. Some have played important roles, but Australia requires bowlers with pace, bounce and control to do the heavy lifting and to get the bulk of the20 wickets needed to win a Test.

Obviously, the West Indies of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s had that in abundance and it paid off handsomely. South Africa and India have had the incisive pace to rock Australia. The absence of Naseer Shah due to injury and now Khurram Shazad handicaps Pakistan.

Thirdly, discipline and partnerships in both batting and bowling.

Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson were a great partnership in my time and were well-supported by the spin of Ashley Mallett. Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne were a great partnership and interchanged as strike or support bowler depending on the situation.

Accurate wrist spin has been a potent weapon in this country. Nathan Lyon’s record as a finger spinner is therefore laudable. The fact that Jim Laker, Erapalli Prasanna, Saqlain Mushtaq and Muttiah Muralitharan could not help their countries win in Australia highlights Lyon’s achievements. Lyon’s top spin and bounce have been instrumental, as have his productive partnerships with Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc.

The encouraging sign is Pakistan have reflected on their Perth loss and realised that they have to do better with the bat and ball.

They are not the first bowling team to get carried away with the bounce in Perth.

Counterintuitively, when the wicket offers bounce, it is imperative to pitch the ball up to make the most of that bounce. It is hard to drive the ball on the up, and their pace bowlers must challenge the Australians to do so. Charging in without a plan, hoping to take wickets with magic balls is the mistake that many visiting teams make. Their bowling was profligate as evidenced by Australia’s rollicking run-rate of 4.29 runs per over. Wickets follow good balls strung together into good overs and good spells, so the Pakistan bowlers will need to be extremely disciplined.

Their batsmen seemed inert and intent on keeping their wickets intact, as was graphically illustrated by their first=innings return of merely 2.66 runs per over.

Once again it is counterintuitive; batting, like life, is an exercise in risk management. If one wants to make runs, one has to be prepared to play some shots.

A major part of the art of batting is knowing which balls to attack and which to leave in the prevailing conditions. Even when the pitch is difficult, as it was in Perth, one needs to be looking for the balls from which to score and, if the bowler misses his mark, punish him. If you don’t put the pressure back on him, the pressure will only grow on you.

Pakistan are not out of this series yet, but it could be gone by the first lunch break in Melbourne unless they arrive on Boxing Day with a plan and execute it.

 
Pakistan does not have the tools to beat Australia. Khurram did bowl well, but we were yet to see in this Test, how much of that could be attributed to the novelty factor. He is definitely a good thinking bowler though, so hard luck for him to miss out.

Shaheen has been terrible of late. Just seems like going through the motions and not really trying hard enough.

I really hope we end the Faheem Ashraf experience though.
 
Most teams don't do well. But one thing about INdia though is since the Ganguly days they have this in-your face attitude against Aussies. Ganguly deliberately started coming late for toss. There is always an under-current on the field. Kohli-Mitchell johnson duel was famous. He deliberately threw the ball directly at Kohli in an effort to get him run out. He copped the blow. Mitch came running to him but Kohli was not exactly amused. Then Pant-Paine, Ashwin-Paine sledging. Only MSD did not have that attitude. India promptly lost 0-4. Even in the absence of kOhli, Siraj had that attitude. India does that against AUstralia more than other sides.
 
Most teams don't do well. But one thing about INdia though is since the Ganguly days they have this in-your face attitude against Aussies. Ganguly deliberately started coming late for toss. There is always an under-current on the field. Kohli-Mitchell johnson duel was famous. He deliberately threw the ball directly at Kohli in an effort to get him run out. He copped the blow. Mitch came running to him but Kohli was not exactly amused. Then Pant-Paine, Ashwin-Paine sledging. Only MSD did not have that attitude. India promptly lost 0-4. Even in the absence of kOhli, Siraj had that attitude. India does that against AUstralia more than other sides.
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pant paine sledging is the most over rated event that Indians refer to.. They pretend as if Pant did the most remarkable thing by saying a sentence in english.....

You dont win by sledging only. You need pacers and good batters. Dhoni didnt have pacers.

SA got under the skin of Australia because they had the assets to walk the talk.
 
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pant paine sledging is the most over rated event that Indians refer to.. They pretend as if Pant did the most remarkable thing by saying a sentence in english.....

You dont win by sledging only. You need pacers and good batters. Dhoni didnt have pacers.

SA got under the skin of Australia because they had the assets to walk the talk.
India competed well even against ATG Australian batting side. Yes you need skill. But you need attitude as well. Loserish attitude like playing tuk tuk cricket, bowling defensive line won't get you anywhere
 
India competed well even against ATG Australian batting side. Yes you need skill. But you need attitude as well. Loserish attitude like playing tuk tuk cricket, bowling defensive line won't get you anywhere
Did they win the series against the ATG australia side?
 
Drew it which was a major achievement in Australia. But for Parthiv patil INdia would have won it. Utterly dominated Australia.

Can we keep this thread to Aus v Pak please.

Other threads there for India achievements.
 
Sure. I was merely talking about positive attitude. About chappell's take, What happened to Pakistan team that scored at quicker pace in Srilanka. Didn't they coin a term "pakistan way"
 
Pakistan vs Australia is like Vauxhall Corsa vs Ferrari no matter what mods you do Ferrari will still be the winner
 
Was Pakistan aggressive at home recently? In the last 2 years at home. Visiting sides had better strike rate.

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Drew it which was a major achievement in Australia. But for Parthiv patil INdia would have won it. Utterly dominated Australia.
Mcg dint play that series. Withour mcg that team is very beatable. Mcg made ir a goat team.
 
Im afraid what Chapell has devised Pakistan couldn't execute it in next 50 years, our pace bowling is extincted, the current lot is just trundler brigade similarly our batsmen have massive technical flaws which is the hurdle for them to score runs at a good rate
 
Maybe Noman Ali can give us pointers since he was probably alive during the Bodyline series.

Seriously though while Greg Chappell's template is right, we don't have the skill, mental fortitude or stamina to take on Australia over 4-5 days. We competed in moments at Perth but while moments can win T20s - you need sustained performance session after session and day after day to win Tests.

With more injuries in the camp, this tour has just become a damage limitation exercise.
 
If Pakistan is to have any hope of keeping the series against Australia alive by winning the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, it must keep pace with the hosts throughout the opening day.

Former Test leg-spinner Kerry O’Keeffe said the Australians are outstanding front-runners when it comes to Test cricket and will vanquish any rivals which fail to stand up to them.

The opening Test match of the summer in Perth was effectively relinquished by Pakistan during a wayward opening session which featured wayward bowling and sloppy fielding.

This allowed David Warner, who eventually made 164 in the opening innings, and Usman Khawaja to settle and guide Australia to lunch unbeaten in a 126-run opening partnership.

O’Keeffe told foxsports.com.au it was a lesson Pakistan and all touring teams must take on board if they are to challenge the hosts in Test matches in Australia.

“If you have watched a lot of cricket through the years, you have to stay with Australia for the first two days,” O’Keeffe said.

“We are great front runners. And they just didn’t leave the barrier. We were none for 60 after the first hour and they were all over the shop.

“It is a shot across the bow of every touring team that comes here. Leave with Australia. Be with them at the end of the first day. Because once you play from behind, there is a relentlessness about this team now that doesn’t let you out from under foot.”

Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey said the hosts will attempt to dictate terms again from the first ball at the MCG when the Test begins on Tuesday.

Rain is forecast for Christmas Day and also Boxing Day but Carey, who celebrated his 100th Test dismissal in Perth last week, said the Australians would plan for all possibilities.

“(There are) no expectations around, I guess what the weather looks like, what the toss will do, what the first hour will do as well,” he said.

“When Patty (Cummins) wins the toss, or loses it, we will go out to work and try to win that first hour of play. I think that’s all we can do, is focus mostly on our preparation.”

Pakistan suffered a double-blow leading into the Test with Khurram Shazhad, who took five wickets in Perth, and spin bowler Noman Ali ruled out of the rest of the series.

Ali had his appendix removed in Melbourne on Saturday, while Shazhad was diagnosed with a stress fracture in a rib after his impressive performance in Perth.

Mike Hussey had been impressed with Shazhad and fellow debutant Aamer Jamal in Perth and told Fox Cricket the tourists needed to continue to find bright spots on this tour with a view to the future.

Jamal took six wickets in the opening innings of the Perth Test and was among the few shining lights for Pakistan.

“There’s definitely something there, for sure, and they’ll hopefully get better and better the more they play,” Hussey told Fox Cricket.

“It’s pretty daunting playing your first Test match against this Australian team, away from home in foreign conditions, but they’ll learn so much from this whole trip.

“They had the Aussies under pressure at different stages but that’s always been the question for Pakistan. Can they maintain it over the course of five days? The Aussies are just too consistent.

“(They need to) keep coming back and just keep improving every day. It might not be this series. But if they come back again for the next series, then hopefully they’ll adjust to the conditions better. “

Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan staked his claims for a recall when retiring after reaching 50 in a practice match against Victoria on Friday.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, the incumbent keeper who was below his best with the bat in Perth, fell for 15 on the second day of the drawn trial match.

Marcus Harris, who is among the leading hopes to replace the soon-to-be-retired David Warner in the Australian side, made a century for Australia in the match.

Fox Cricket
 
Simple. Pakistan does not have the talent to beat Australia in Australia. You need strong bowling unit to beat Aus and a batting unit that can score over 300 every time. Pakistan has none.
 
we have been to australia with top bowlers like wasim waqar Shoaib asif amir and still lost.

Its not just good pace bowling, our batting cannot handle pace and bounce. I'm sorry to say this but we have become mental midgets as well.
 
and when aussies came to pak, we gave them graveyard pitches and still lost. That was pathetic
 
The issue of not having the right cattle is well highlighted. But also, whatever players they turn up with do not believe they can compete session after session with AUS.

Usually PAK have been a team that psyches itself up for a one-off match where they usually get thrashed but if an upset happens, it keeps both the team/admin and fan base roaring for a long time.
 
The lack of test cricket can also be one of the main issues here for Pakistan. Beating Australia in Australia is not everyone's cup of tea. You gotta be very good at red-ball format and have to play more test cricket if you want to succeed in SENA.
 
Most teams don't do well. But one thing about INdia though is since the Ganguly days they have this in-your face attitude against Aussies. Ganguly deliberately started coming late for toss. There is always an under-current on the field. Kohli-Mitchell johnson duel was famous. He deliberately threw the ball directly at Kohli in an effort to get him run out. He copped the blow. Mitch came running to him but Kohli was not exactly amused. Then Pant-Paine, Ashwin-Paine sledging. Only MSD did not have that attitude. India promptly lost 0-4. Even in the absence of kOhli, Siraj had that attitude. India does that against AUstralia more than other sides.
india have had a bit of success in a few games in Aus in recent times due to coming over regularly for series and their players being accustomed to facing Aus players in franchise cricket.

This is where the bcci influence has played a major role.

Pakistan on the hand play less tests each year and tour Australia after a few years gap which makes it difficult to acclimatise to conditions and new players with zero experience in Aus conditions are selected.

The PCB needs to arrange Shaheen tours to Aus regularly so the next batch of players are acclimatised and understand Aussie conditions.
 
Pakistan won't listen, they'll take the advice as charity
Everyone including the Australian batters keep saying pakistanis can't bowl in the same area 6 balls in a row and they're right, the only one that can is mohammad abbas and he's long gone
All we can hope for is Australian wickets when they've already won the game and lucking for easy runs
Our batters can all bat down to ten, which means we have ten tailenders
The only ones the aussies respect is babar azam and he's being encouraged to see his dismissal as disrespect and to undermine masood so we've got no chance unless imam ul haq can see the ball out until the end of the first day
 
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