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Chappell on damage-control mission

Chappell's message is loud and clear in a team whose seniors have to be blamed as much as the juniors for the poor show in the series so far.

india Updated: Dec 03, 2006 21:36 IST

A frantic salvage operation is on by coach Greg Chappell to ensure the tour does not end up as a complete disaster and there is a turnaround in the team's fortunes sooner than later.

Chappell is having a one-to-one meeting with most members of the side, besides collective exhorting, in order to stem the tide threatening to engulf the touring Indian cricket team.

The third successive loss at Port Elizabeth on Wednesday was as damning and morale-crushing for Chappell as everyone else. Insiders claim the Aussie has never been spotted so incensed and livid as he was that evening when India lost the series with a 80-run margin.

Chappell had asked his batsmen to last the quota of overs rather than go for heroics before the start of the game but as it turned out, the batters did exactly the opposite.

The Indians were four down for 39 inside the first 13 overs and by the time the final wicket of S Sreesanth fell, the side had been bowled out in 39-odd overs.

Chappell was highly upset, understandably so, at this capitulation but he kept his counsel to himself and is now urging everyone to give off his best.

His message is loud and clear to everyone in a team whose seniors have to be blamed as much as the juniors for the abject surrender in the series so far.