SYDNEY: Holding the Australian selectors and the batsmen responsible for the disastrous show in the first two Tests against India, former Test captain Ian Chappell has said that the muddled thinking of the selectors and the poor batting form of the players has left the team in a 'deep psychological trough' ahead of the third Test.
Critical of the selection committee, Chappell said that although he sympathised with the selectors as they did not have many options, but their muddled way of thinking was also partly responsible for the team's losses in the first two Tests, News.com.au reports.
Chappell further said that dropping spinner Nathan Lyon from the Hyderabad Test, when the selectors had not even included Glenn Maxwell in the final tour match, was not a confidence booster for either player.
Venting his ire on the batsmen with the exception of captain Michael Clarke, Chappell said that Australia is in a deep psychological trough as they had unsuccessfully attacked India with their best players in the first Test and then swiftly backtracked and subsequently also lost the second Test.
Stating that Clarke is in desperate need of support from Ed Cowan, Dave Warner and struggling vice-captain Shane Watson in the third Test starting next Thursday, Chappell said that apart from the captain, none of the batsmen are confident enough to survive for long enough to produce a good show, which leads to rash or hesitant shots.
Adding that the team is heavily reliant on Clarke, Chappell, however, said that the captain is strangely reluctant to move up the order in an attempt to decrease his team's struggles under the sub-continental conditions.
Australian selection boss John Inverarity is under fire for presiding over bizarre selection methodologies, including the dumping of spinner Nathan Lyon for the second Test horror show in Hyderabad.
The panel has also been pilloried for fielding a pace quartet on a spinning deck in Chennai as India drew first blood in the four-Test series, the report added.