According to Chappell, Indian pace attack is capable of taking wickets in any conditions.

There are many cricket pundits and former cricketers, who are picking their favorites to win the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy before the start of the eighth edition the ‘mini World Cup’.

Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell is the latest to follow the trend. He chose to predict the four semi-finalists, instead of selecting the winner of the prestigious trophy among the eight formidable setups.

Chappell has selected Australia, India, England and South Africa to make it to the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy. And he has also justified his reason to pick the ‘Big Four’ in the semis.

The Aussie legend wrote in his article for Mid-Day about his views on Australia’s chances, “The Australians are currently embroiled in a divisive pay dispute with their Board but the altercation has only served to unite the players. The sense that this dispute will further galvanize the Australian team was reinforced by skipper Steve Smith when he indicated that winning the Champions Trophy would help the players in their negotiations with the Board.”

Here are Ian Chappell’s predictions for other three teams for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy:

On England, Chappell feels that they appear to be peaking perfectly for this ODI tournament. He added, “Ever since hitting rock bottom with an early exit from the 2015 World Cup, England’s fifty over cricket has been on an upward trend. They appear to be peaking perfectly for this tournament but they’ll need to ensure they don’t succumb to stage fright in front of an expectant home audience. England has never won a major fifty-over tournament and with their powerful batting line-up and strong pace attack; this is a great opportunity to erase that glitch in their record.”

While writing about Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team, Ian pointed out that the recently concluded season of the Indian Premier League will help the Indians in the Champions Trophy.

Chappell wrote “Kohli’s men have tuned up for this tournament with a glut of T20 games in the IPL. This may turn out to be a good preparation, especially when followed by a couple of 50-over warm-up games to get the mindfully attuned to the longer version. T20 cricket ensures batsmen are looking for runs and of late, bowlers have focused more on taking wickets; the ideal mindset for both facets of the 50-over game. India doesn’t have the pace of the three other top bowling sides but they do possess a well-balanced attack, capable of taking wickets in any conditions.”

About South Africa, he wrote, “South Africa is the fourth powerhouse team and even without the injured Dale Steyn they possess a strong pace attack. They also have the wily leg-spinner Imran Tahir seeking wickets in the middle overs, which is a crucial part of playing 50-over cricket successfully. 

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Ian Chappell concluded, “The South African batting line-up is also powerful but the team are yet to overcome the knock-out stage hoodoo that dogs them in tournaments. Despite assurances from skipper AB de Villiers in the 2015 World Cup that this was a thing of the past, they’ve done nothing to brush the monkey off their backAn ingrained conservatism, especially surrounding their tactics in the field, has hurt South Africa in the past and they need to shed that approach to win this tournament.”

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