- Greg Chappell, who coached the Indian Cricket Team from 2005-07, has taken a dig at young Australian cricketers
- He believes that Cricket Australia should spend more money on budding cricketers
- He feels Australia should find replacements for Smith and Warner
Former Indian coach and Australian batsman Greg Chappell has lauded the new Indian team, stating that BCCI's investments in budding cricketers have paid off. He also said that young Australian cricketers are still in "primary school" compared to their Indian counterparts. Chappell feels that India's robust domestic structure is what makes the team exceptional. Read more – Kuldeep Yadav's time will come: Bharat Arun
"Our young cricketers are weekend warriors compared to their Indian compatriots, who get challenging matchplay from the Under-16 age group onwards," Chappell wrote in a column for Sydney Morning Herald.
"By the time an Indian player reaches the national XI, he has had an all-round apprenticeship that prepares him to walk into the Indian side with a reasonable chance of success. I am afraid, in comparison, Will Pucovski and Cameron Green are still in primary school in terms of experience."
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Chappell also identified the huge difference in the amount spent on budding cricketers by BCCI and Cricket Australia. He said that the comparative spending gap between the two cash-rich boards is the size of the Indian ocean. "The BCCI is investing millions of dollars in budding Indian cricketers. Cricket Australia, by comparison, spends $44m dollars on the Sheffield Shield. The comparative spending gap isn’t a gulf; it is the size of the Indian Ocean," he wrote.
"If Cricket Australia doesn’t realise what it takes to be competitive in Test cricket and our entire cricket administration does not change its attitude on where to invest in talent, we will be also-rans in no time," he added.
Chappel believes that Australia's days of domination are gone as David Warner is struggling and Smith won't be around forever. He feels that Australia should find replacements for David Warner and Steve Smith. "Our days of domination are past, unless we start producing a group of batsmen who bat through 125 overs in the first innings. David Warner is struggling and Steve Smith won't be around for ever, so we need to find the champions who are going to replace them – and soon."