Boycott jumps to the defence of Aakash Chopra

Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Former England opener and television commentator Geoffrey Boycott praised axed Indian opener Aakash Chopra for his batting ability but said he needed to do something to improve his average.

"He did really well for the team," said Boycott in southern Bangalore city where he is a consultant to the India 'A' and Under-19 teams.

"He did tire out the fast bowlers and saw off the new ball," he said.

"But he did nothing for himself. He did not go on to make big scores. He has to find a way to improve his average in Test cricket which is at 20-something."

Chopra opened the innings with Virender Sehwag in eight successive Tests before being axed in the third and final match against Pakistan in April.

Boycott said the young Indian batsmen were shaping up well.

"My only concern is about bowlers. A couple of them are breaking down (with injuries). This is not good," said Boycott.

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