Australian cricket pundits have been up and about since the Aussies’ impressive come-from-behind victory in the first Ashes Test - but Ian Chappell has taken it to a new level.
The former Australian captain is clearly bullish on the visting team’s prospects as the Ashes head to Lord’s for the second Test, saying on Channel 9’s Sport Sunday he was tipping a 5-0 sweep for Australia.
Chappell pointed to an English bowling attack he considered to be in disarray, with the English selectors copping the brunt of his criticism.
“I can see a five-nil coming up here,” he told Sports Sunday.
“I said before the series that if they (England) lost the first Test they could crumble very quickly.
“England should have been a bit more ruthless with their second Test selection, which tells me either they’re not going to be ruthless or they don’t have much.”
Jofra Archer has been called up to replace the injured Jimmy Anderson, while Moeen Ali has been dropped in favour of Jack Leach.
Archer’s inclusion has been cause for optimism for some, but Chappell believes one of England’s biggest issues is their lack of genuine Test batsman.
Too many in England’s line-up are one-day specialists, the former skipper said, while their execution when bowling to Steve Smith left a lot to be desired as well.
“They’ve got about three, maybe four one-day batsmen in a Test side and they wonder why they can’t bat out a day to save the game.” Chappell said.
“There was one over Stuart Broad bowled to Steve Smith early on the fourth morning and it was a perfect six deliveries, all on the right length ... but he didn’t repeat that.
“I think that’s one of the problems England have got. They either can’t, or they haven’t got the patience to keep sticking at it ... it’s a major problem.”
Australia are yet to confirm their final line-up for the second Test.
Both Mitch Starc and Josh Hazelwood are in the frame to return to the side, potentially at the expense of Peter Siddle.
The final squad is unlikely to be cemented until selectors get a better idea of what the Lord’s pitch will present.