Agar`s debut show sign for Oz to capitalise on Ashes attack, says Ian Chappell
Melbourne: Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has said that the tourists must capitalize on their resources and attack England with all their might in the Ashes, having seen Test debutant Ashton Agar`s spectacular batting display in the first Test.
According to the Courier Mail, the teenager looks set to be the next Shane Warne in his batsman role, with Chappell comparing Warne`s nerve-racking 99 with the bat and Agar`s almost century in his debut Tests, saying that he may achieve a few Test tons given his temperament and shot-filled innings in the series.
Stating that Agar and his inspiring knock will boost Australia`s confidence for the remainder of the series, Chappell also said that with the successful Agar- Phillip Hughes partnership, which resurrected the series for Australia, the side should now take advantage on going into the offensive to freeze England and immediately cancel David Warner`s flight to South Africa.
Calling for Warner to open with Shane Watson at Lord`s, Chappell further said that instead of continually mounting a rearguard action, Michael Clarke`s side should now get in their retaliation, adding that they should now start to take on new-ball bowlers instead of grinding them down like Chris Rogers did, to achieve a famous victory.
Chappell called for Australia to note the influence of youth at Trent Bridge, given that the recovery was engineered by Agar and aided by an inventive Steve Smith and a committed knock from Hughes, and said that they should also consider including Usman Khawaja in the next Test side.
Chappell further said that although Watson, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja and Smith may occasionally replicate the calamitous top-order collapses of the current batting line-up, but they also might produce a run-scoring storm that can wash away England.
According to Chappell, Agar`s innings, with the help of Hughes, also showed that Cook is a worrier who can run out of ideas very quickly, adding that the once a fielding captain sits back and waits for the opposition to commit cricketing suicide, the batting side, by displaying a bit of bravery and brains, can take the initiative.
Chappell also stated that if Agar had not stunned England and amazed the cricket world with his batting, Australia may have lost the first Test so badly a comeback would have been difficult, adding that Australia now have a realistic chance of competing in this suddenly captivating series.