India, Sept. 8 -- Ian Chappell says: There's no doubt that he can still make runs at Test level; he has the ability and the knowhow. However, the question the selectors should be asking themselves is; "Does he still deserve a place in the team or is there someone else who has earned an opportunity?"
As they near the end of their career, most prepare to play at a reduced standard. However, they have a level below which they won't venture and that gives them the guide to their retirement announcement.
Because he has become aware of the statistical side of the game, he may have already ventured into his basement. When a player does that, he's relying on the generosity of selectors and that can be dangerous ground.
John Wright says
Any failure - in my case there were a few - was greeted with mixed reactions, from kind to downright disdainful. To a cricketer, these articles and comments are nothing more than a distraction. Or in Kiwi slang just a pain in the proverbial!
For any champion, those inner drivers are constant companions. Through self-analysis and critique, these basic tools automatically begin to weigh upon a champion's mind. And help him reach a decision.
I don't care a hoot that he has been bowled three out of three times. It doesn't worry me his top score for the series against New Zealand was 27 and average 21. He will know when it is time for him to exit.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.