Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has expressed that the Australian bowlers will find it tough to bowl bouncers at the Indian batsmen in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy after Philip Hughes tragedy.
Chappell also said that the game at Gabba won’t be played with great intensity seeing the frame of mind of Australian cricketers but he felt that the players should play as this would be the best therapy for them.
During an interview with espncricinfo, Ian Chappell was quoted in saying:
“It’s only natural for a bowler to be hesitant when unleashing a short-pitched delivery with the ghastly reminder of the consequences of bad luck still fresh in the memory.
“This hesitancy will affect the Australian fast bowlers more than the Indian attack.
“The bouncer was expected to be a prime weapon of an Australian attack better equipped to dish out intimidating deliveries. With no bowler wanting to hit a batsman in these circumstances, this will have a greater effect on the Australian attack.
“The cricket at the Gabba won’t be played with the usual intensity but it will probably be the best therapy for all the players. The bouncers won’t stop. They will still be unleashed to put some doubt in the batsman’s mind. However, I doubt they will be delivered with the same venom in the immediate aftermath of the SCG calamity.”
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