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England has edge over 'ridiculous' Australia: Chappell

Australia have put together a "ridiculous" squad which gives England a distinct edge in the forthcoming Ashes series, according to former Aussie captain Ian Chappell.

cricket Updated: Jul 05, 2009 19:25 IST

Australia have put together a "ridiculous" squad which gives England a distinct edge in the forthcoming Ashes series, according to former Aussie captain Ian Chappell.

"I thought it was ridiculous," Chappell said of Australia's team selection, pointing to Phillip Hughes' shaky form.

"Certainly not going with a third opening batsman is just asking for trouble. There seems to be this widespread feeling that Hughes is fine, he's going to be a star. Well, he's only played three Tests. He's got a very unorthodox technique that could come unglued at any time. If it happens to be a wet summer in England he could be in a bit of trouble," Chappell told Cricinfo.

Chappell said a comparison between the bowling units of both the sides convinced him that Andrew Strauss and his men would hold sway in the five-match series.

"If you're looking for clues as to who might win, I always look at the bowling attacks," said the cricketer-turned-commentator.

"Generally you can go with the team with the best attack. At the moment England certainly have got it. A bit will depend on (Andrew) Flintoff and his fitness, but if he's fit and can stand up for all five Tests then England have definitely got the better attack, and a better balanced attack. On that basis I would have them slight favourites," he said.