Trevor Chappell predicts a South African whitewashFebruary 20th, 2009 - 5:46 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 20 (IANS) Former Test all-rounder Trevor Chappell has predicted a 3-0 South African whitewash against Australia in the upcoming Test series.
Chappell said Australia were lucky to avoid a similar wipe out on home soil this summer.
Ricky Ponting’s men would be flat out trying to topple the Proteas and retain their No. 1 Test ranking.
“South Africa nearly won 3-0 here this summer, so with the opportunity to do it at home I’m sure they will be more desperate,” said Chappell.
“I think the bowling conditions will suit South Africa a lot better and they have a lot more batting depth. J.P. Duminy could go on to be a standout player. Losing 3-0 is not a bad thing and, if anything, it could make us more determined,” Chappell was quoted as saying in the Australian media.
“We have been beaten 3-0 before. We just have not been used to it. We lost the Ashes in 2005 and from all reports what it did for Cricket Australia was pick up the level of interest in the game with the kids.”
The last time the Aussies failed to win a single Test match during a series in South Africa was way back in 1970 against the superstar Proteas line-up, including Barry Richards and Graeme Pollock.
Chappell said not being able to take 20 wickets was still a major concern after the exit of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.
He wanted to see tweaker Jason Krejza included on the tour and felt an attacking option would have been more attractive than an economical bowler like Nathan Hauritz.
Chappell, whose under-arm bowl against New Zealand in 1981 earned him ever-lasting notoriety, praised rookie opener Phillip Hughes.