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Greg looks to go the English way

He woders how England transformed themselves.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 13:02 IST

India coach Greg Chappell has been studying how England transformed themselves to steal an Ashes win and hopes to replicate the revival brought by Duncan Fletcher.

Chappell, who admits the series against England would be a stern test for India, said he had been reading books by Fletcher and skipper Michael Vaughan and was inspired to rebuild the Indian side on similar lines.

“I met Duncan for the first time this week, but I’ve followed him from a distance since I got involved in coaching. I’ve just read his book, and Michael Vaughan’s, and many things they did rebuilding England we’re going through now,” the former Australian captain said.

“I thought that England’s Ashes performance was exceptional. Their bowling was spectacular and their spirit was great. They were well led on and off the field,” he said.

Chappell said he was set on bringing in some fresh legs. “The team is ripe for regeneration. We’ve still got some very experienced players, some of the best names in history but to maximise their talent I perceived that we needed different personalities, different skills and youth,” he said, probably referring to the youth-oriented squad, sans Sourav Ganguly, that was picked for the first Test.

Chappell said any sporting team ignored youth at its peril. “An important part of selection is knowing when to pick someone. And, by implication, when not to. The safe option is not always the best. Sometimes you’ve got to tell someone, ‘mate, sorry, it’s time to move on’.

“The players I’m looking at have got the talent. What you’re looking for are temperament, competitive instinct and tenacity.” Further changes can be expected, the report said.

“The system here supported Indian cricket well enough through the amateur days, but it’s not ideal for the professional era,” Chappell said. Praising the tenacity of Sachin Tendulkar, Chappell said “I’ve been impressed with how the players handle it. Sachin Tendulkar has lived with it for 17 years. I’m amazed by the way he handles it.” At this stage results are less important to Chappell than working towards the right solutions.

First Published: Mar 12, 2006 13:02 IST