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Ian Chappell hails Oz cricket for averting 'Judgment Day' after star retirements

August 22, 2011 - Melbourne

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has said that Australian cricket has performed above his expectations despite the retirement of several champion players in the past few years.

Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Damien Martyn, Justin Langer, Stuart MacGill and Brad Hogg are among the star players who have announced their retirements in the past few years.

"I always thought Judgment Day was to come for Australia when Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath went," Chappell told the BBC.

"The fact that Australia were able to prolong their reign at the top was in part a credit to them, a credit to Ricky Ponting, and I think it was also down to the fact that there wasn't much around to take over from them," he added.

The 67-year-old also believes that the Michael Clarke-led team can restore some faith with fans through a successful tour of Sri Lanka.

"I give them a chance in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka aren't that good now. Take Murali out of that attack and they could struggle. I think Australia's got a bit of a chance of winning that one," Chappell said.


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