‘The art of survival is on the way out fast’


In the wake of Australia's capitulation in the Ashes series in England, former Aussie captain Ian Chappell has said the domestic structures in his country need to change.

Australia suffered an innings and 78-run loss against England in the fourth Ashes at Trent Bridge on Saturday to give their rivals an unassailable three-one lead in the five-match series.

The Aussies' batsmen, in particular, has been shown up as they have struggled against the England swing bowlers in conditions that helps the moving ball.

The tourists were bundled out for just 60 in the first innings in Nottingham and Chappell feels the national team's shortcomings will continue if they do not address these problems in domestic cricket.

Chappell, who played in 75 Tests, says the young players in Australia are not looking to learn the art of batting for long periods in four-day cricket, instead they are looking to make an impact in the shorter forms of the game.

The now 71 year-old Chappell told Cricinfo: "Young players are going to be playing with an IPL contract in mind. If I can show that I'm a terrific hitter of the ball and I can score at eight an over, that could get me a big IPL contract.

"So the question you've got to ask yourself is, are they developing techniques that make it easier to play in that manner, to score at eight and ten runs an over and be terrific hitters?

"Every time I hear people say the batting is better now, I nearly throw up, because the batting is not better. The hitting is better, but the batting is not better. We've seen that with Australia.

"The art of survival is on the way out fast. I don't blame the young guys."

The fifth and final Ashes Test starts at the Oval on 20 August.