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Cricket’s underarm bowler Trevor Chappell says Australia tampering culprits will be haunted for life

The Australian ball tamperers will be haunted forever by the scandal, according to Trevor Chappell, who was vilified for bowling an underarm delivery in 1981.

Chappell, the younger brother of fellow Australian cricketers Ian and Greg, said he had lived with the shame for 37 years after the controversy at the MCG.

But he says Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will have to burden the responsibility after being caught cheating on Saturday during the third Test against South Africa.

Trevor Chappell has been vilified for the underarm incident at the MCG in February 1981

David Warner (left) and Steve Smith (right) face an uncertain 24 hours until Cricket Australia announces its decision on Wednesday morning

David Warner (left) and Steve Smith (right) face an uncertain 24 hours until Cricket Australia announces its decision on Wednesday morning

Chappell, 65, (pictured bowling) Australian ball tamperers will be haunted forever by the scandal in Cape Town on Saturday

Chappell, 65, (pictured bowling) Australian ball tamperers will be haunted forever by the scandal in Cape Town on Saturday

Needing six off the final ball to tie the game, New Zealand were outraged when captain Greg Chappell instructed his brother to roll the ball underarm along the pitch in a one-day international series final.

Trevor has admitted he is pleased to no longer be the most hated man in cricket, he told the Daily Telegraph.

‘What I did has lived with me ever since and it will be the same for Smith and Bancroft,’ the 65-year-old said.

‘They will struggle for the rest of their lives and be known as the ones who brought Australian cricket into disrepute.

Chappell says the scandal has remained with him ever since but was glad to no longer be the most hated man in cricket

Chappell says the scandal has remained with him ever since but was glad to no longer be the most hated man in cricket

New Zealand needed six off the final ball of the innings to tie the game but was told by the captain, his elder brother Greg, to bowl underarm

New Zealand needed six off the final ball of the innings to tie the game but was told by the captain, his elder brother Greg, to bowl underarm

‘I’m the last one who comes up on Google as the man who took the lead role in Australian cricket’s darkest day — it’s a real relief I can finally drop that title.’ 

He admitted his regret for the scandal, which he said felt like a good idea at the time.

Although was not against the laws of the game it was deemed as not being in the spirit of cricket.

The footage is replayed countless times when it comes to discussions about cricketing scandals.

Chappell, who played three Tests and 20 one-dayers for Australia, says his reasonably unremarkable international career might have been down to the incident

Chappell, who played three Tests and 20 one-dayers for Australia, says his reasonably unremarkable international career might have been down to the incident

But Chappell, who played three Tests and 20 one-dayers for Australia, says he had struggles mentally which put a strain on his marriage and eventually led to it breaking down.

He is still involved in cricket, coaching the Gordon district team and previously had stints in charge of Bangladesh and Singapore. He was also a fielding coach for Sri Lanka.

But Chappell is unsure if his relatively unremarkable international career – certainly compared to his two brothers – was definitely down to the underarm delivery to Brian McKechnie. 

David Warner (left) and Steve Smith (right) were stood down as vice-captain and captain by Cricket Australia

David Warner (left) and Steve Smith (right) were stood down as vice-captain and captain by Cricket Australia

Cameron Bancroft of Australia stands in the field on the third day of the Test in Cape Town after he was caught ball tampering

Cameron Bancroft of Australia stands in the field on the third day of the Test in Cape Town after he was caught ball tampering

Smith was stood down as captain and has been banned for the next match in Johannesburg by the ICC (International Cricket Council) which starts on Friday. 

The Australian captain admitted the side’s ‘leadership group’ had discussed a plan to cheat by using a piece of tape with dirt to scuff up the ball at lunch on the third day of the Test match in Cape Town on Saturday. 

Warner was also removed from his role of vice-captain and is facing an uncertain 24 hours. 

Cricket Australia is expected to announce the findings of its investigation on Wednesday morning.

 



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