Joe Root
England skipper Joe Root in action during the 2021 Edgbaston Test against New Zealand

Ian Chappell is unimpressed with Joe Root’s captaincy and branded him as an unimaginative captain who hesitates a lot while coming to a decision. England will play six more Tests before they take on Australia for the Ashes in December, but Ian Chappell has already found some holes in the English camp.

Writing in his column for ESPNCricinfo, the former Australia skipper opined that England have the fast bowlers to create trouble for Australia, but it’s their batting and Joe Root’s captaincy that is a cause for concern. He also feels that Joe Root is a very unimaginative captain.

“England possess a potential series-winning group of fast bowlers. It is the top-order batting and Joe Root’s captaincy that should be cause for concern. Root’s captaincy often lacks imagination and reason. His tendency to have long discussions with senior players is reminiscent of Alastair Cook at his worst,” he wrote.

“There’s a difference between a captain who consults and one who is uncertain; dithering is a bad look for a captain. There are times in Australia when a captain has to be imaginative in order to force the issue and this is not one of Root’s strengths,” the 77-year-old further wrote.

The 30-year-old, so far, has captained England in 50 Tests (discounting the ongoing Test against New Zealand), winning 26 and losing 18, while six matches ended in a draw. He has his Test win percentage at 50.98 as captain.

Ian Chappell also pointed out that the opening partnership of Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley is unconvincing as well. He added that the likes of Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will be licking their lips while coming up against the pair.

“The opening combination of Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns is both ungainly and unconvincing. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood should rejoice if both names appear in the top slots on the team sheet at the Gabba. Given the skill of Australia’s pace trio, poor starts could be a death sentence for Englan,” he explained.

While Burns (135) notched up his second-career ton amidst England’s collapse in the ongoing Test, Sibley was dismissed for a duck. Sibley had a wretched tour of India, where he averaged just over 16 in four Tests.

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