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England displayed a distinct ineptitude against spin, India used that to their advantage: Ian Chappell

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Former Australian captain Ian Chappell said that 'bizarre' is an apt word to describe England's batsmen attempts to neutralize India's spinners in the ongoing four-match Test series.

England's Ben Stokes is clean bowled by Pakistan's Mohammad Abbas for 0 during play on the second day of the first Test cricket match between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on August 6, 2020. - Pakistan were bowled out for 326 in their first Innings. (Photo by Dan Mullan / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB (Photo by DAN MULLAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) © DAN MULLAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Ben Stokes Chappell feels that England batsmen displayed a distinct ineptitude against spin and India used it to their advantage.

"Virat Kohli described the day-night third Test, in Ahmedabad, as ''bizarre'', a word that aptly describes the England batsmen's attempts to cope with India's spinners," Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.

"India's decision to select three spinners for the Test was prompted by England's batting on a tricky Chennai pitch, where their batsmen - Joe Root excepted - displayed a distinct ineptitude against spin.

"India correctly calculated that would result in mental scarring and used it to their advantage.

"From the moment Axar Patel conjured up the ultimate thimble-and-pea trick to dismiss Jonny Bairstow with a straight delivery, England were in a spin. Is the ball over there? No, it's here. When faced with a serious spin challenge, the England batsmen didn't trust their defense, which eventually resulted in panicked attempts to attack the Indian spinners. Their choice to reverse-sweep rather than to leave their crease to change the bowler's length is a classic example," he added.

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Chappell also said that Ollie Pope had the right idea to use his feet against Indian spinners but had the wrong execution.

"Back in Ahmedabad, Ollie Pope decided to use his feet against the Indian spinners. He had the right idea but the wrong execution," Chappell wrote.

"Firstly, he jumped rather than glided out of the crease. Secondly, his front foot pressed forward but the back one lingered, as if searching for the safety of the crease.

"I was told two crucial things about footwork when I was very young: 'Get stumped by three yards not three inches,' my coach said, 'and never think about the keeper when you leave the crease'."

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