Chappell will need a year to settle down: Woolmer

Published: Sunday, August 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:One of the most successful coaches around, Bob Woolmer said Australian batting great Greg Chappell would need at least a year to settle down after taking over as the coach of the Indian side.

Talking to reporters at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) here on Friday, Woolmer pointed to India's two defeats in the tri- series against hosts Sri Lanka and said Chappell would need some time to get into the groove because the Aussie had not coached a national team earlier.

Chappell is new in international coaching and he would take some time--at least a year--to understand and settle,'' he said. He also felt that Pakistan had done well in the One dayers in recent past but the side would have to better its record in the longer version of the game to be counted among the best test teams.

Describing the Pakistan One day squad as a close-knit team, Woolmer said their performance in Test matches left a lot to be desired.

The Pakistan coach said he had asked pacer Shoaib Akhtar to regain his fitness and said a shorter run-up would do a lot of good to the injury-prone pacer.

On suspended pacer Shabbir Ahmed, Woolmer said, he has been carrying this problem since the age of 15 and improvement depends upon how he makes up his mind and changes his action. In fact, change comes from the mental strength.''

He is very keen and working very hard on it and is also desperate to play against England and that was why I don't doubt his quick return. I am hopeful that with his determination he would be back for the England series,'' said Woolmer.

Woolmer also hailed young stumper Kamran Akmal as the second best wicketkeeper in the world after Adam Gilchrist.

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