Former skipper, Ian Chappell believes that Australia will continue to suffer at the international level, if the national cricket administration fails to find someone who fills the spot left by the great, Ricky Ponting.
Chappell is not reluctant to say that the Aussie batting is badly missing the class of Ponting, and the selectors should take quick measures to address the issue as soon as possible. He stated:
"We are not addressing the fact that there are holes in the production line. If you think about it, Ponting, (Michael) Hussey and Clarke, you would have to say are the last of that sort of generation who learnt how to survive those tough periods."
With Ponting playing under Michael Clarke’s captaincy, Australia did well at home a few months ago. After doing a splendid job against Sri Lanka, the Kangaroos defeated West Indies comprehensively at home.
But then suddenly Ponting and Michael Hussey called it a day. The side reached India without these two giants of the game, and the difference was quite evident. The tourists faced a shameful 4-0 loss in the recent Test series.
Chappell has serious concerns over Australia’s methodology to produce talented batsmen. He was quoted by ESPNcricinfo, as saying:
"For instance, I have seen the next lot of batsmen at the Under-19 level World Cup and I have not seen any change in what’s happening. So I’ve got to ask the question, if our methods of producing batsmen don’t seem to be working, and in my opinion they are
not, why aren’t we trying to do some other things?"
"I don’t hear these things being talked about and it’s just a matter of will we change the coach, will we bring in a new high-performance (manager), those things are not going to make one bit of a difference. Fix up the core problem and then we might start
to get somewhere.
"The problem with that being, if we fix up the core problem tomorrow, you are talking about another generation before you really start to reap the benefits. So there are some major problems that I see in Australian cricket and I don’t think they are being