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Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell criticized England for relying on the senior pros in the ongoing Ashes 2023. He lashed out at the Ben Stokes-led side for offering red-carpet treatment to Moeen Ali, who according to him didn’t even trouble Australia in his prime. 

The ongoing Ashes 2023 has lived up to all the hype as both England and Australia have displayed a high-profile brand of cricket. The series currently stands at 2-1 with the visitors in the lead and all three games have gone down the wire. 

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The on-field banters along with outside chatters have kept things interesting in the series and with two games remaining, it’s fair to say that another two blockbusters will be on the cards. England with their Bazball approach has been impressive but somehow they lost two games as they failed to counter the crunch positions. 

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England as per Ian Chappell have been reliant on their senior players and pointed out how Mark Wood’s inclusion has added pace to the bowling attack. Writing in his column for ESPNCricinfo, he said: 

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“England rely heavily on the skill of Stuart Broad and his chokehold on David Warner to spearhead their attack. They belatedly introduced the big-hearted Mark Wood into the series and he proved his worth with a high-speed attack at Headingley. Wood’s inclusion highlighted a perennial English failing selection.” 

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Ashes 2023: They Chose To Offer Red-Carpet Treatment To Moeen Ali – Ian Chappell Criticizes England 

Moeen Ali made a surprise return to Test cricket as he took back his retirement and joined England’s team for the ongoing Ashes 2023. He was approached by the team management after Jack Leach was ruled out of the series. 

Ian Chappell pointed out Moeen Ali’s red-carpet treatment and also highlighted the areas where England have struggled. He explained: 

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“Not only did they fail to introduce his threatening pace until the third Test, they’ve chosen a wicketkeeper who is a batter first, in Jonny Bairstow, whose mistakes with the gloves have cost his side dearl. They also chose to offer red-carpet treatment to Moeen Ali, who in his prime was never much of a bowling or batting threat to Australia.” 

The next game of the Ashes 2023 will be played at Old Trafford from 19th July.

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