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Chappell, Walters at odds over Test series winner

Title holders ... The Aussies after winning the last series with New Zealand. Photo: AAP Images
Title holders ... The Aussies after winning the last series with New Zealand. Photo: AAP Images

FORMER Australian teammates Ian Chappell and Doug Walters like to joke about how they don't agree on many things.
And debating who will win this summer's Test series against New Zealand is the latest thing they are at odds over.

Speaking at the White Cloud Foundation's Gabba Legends Lunch for mental health awareness, Chappell said Australia - despite having to rebuild this summer after a stack of retirements - would still beat its trans Tasman rivals.

But Walters said he believed the Black Caps would triumph in the three-Test series which starts at the Gabba on November 5.

He based that call largely on the recent retirements of Michael Clarke, Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin from Test cricket.

"We're going to struggle - we've lost some good players over the past few months," Walters (pictured) said.

"Our batting will struggle, but our bowling will be okay.

"I think we'll lose against New Zealand, but we'll beat the West Indies."

Chappell, on the other hand, said he thought Australia could cope with losing five experienced players because it would be playing in its own conditions in what will be New Zealand's first Test tour of Australia since 2011/12.

"It won't happen, don't worry about it," Chappell said in a playful counter to Walters' prediction.

"They might win the rugby (World Cup), but they won't win the cricket.

"New Zealand will be competitive, but I think Australia will win under Australian conditions because I think we've got a better bowling attack."

The pair also swapped tales from their playing days, Walters recalling the time he was late for the first Test against the West Indies in Jamaica in 1973 after a big night out. He asked Chappell, his captain at the time, for a bike to help with the running he had to do from fine leg at one end to fine leg at the other as punishment.

Chappell fired back, "you'll never do that again will you?" in no uncertain terms, to which Walters replied "I don't give guarantees like that".

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