‘Shut him up’: Legend’s scathing whack
Ian Chappell has issued a stunning rebuke to Australia's cricketers for their incessant chat during day three of the fifth Ashes Test.
It took until the closing moments of the five-Test series, but tempers finally flared on Saturday when Ben Stokes was overheard calling David Warner "a f***ing pr*ck" while Tim Paine is believed to have called the all-rounder "Bristol" - a reference to his brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017.
Matthew Wade was also slapped on the wrist by the umpires for his sustained sledging, but Paine said after the day's play that the chat was "fine".
Chappell said it was not.
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"It's about time the bloody umpires intervened," he said on Sports Sunday.
"Every time I read it's part of the game I think it's the greatest load of rubbish I've ever heard.
"The batsman is entitled to peace and quiet when he's out there batting."
Wade's incessant chirping has been a constant throughout the series, although it appeared to reach a new level on Saturday.
He also took aim at umpire Kumar Dharmasena when he judged Stokes to have offered a shot amid an animated lbw appeal.
"That's a shot then," Wade fumed, suggesting Dharmasena had set a precedent for the final innings. England captain Joe Root told the Tasmanian he "can't have it all" his way.
Speaking of Wade's antics, Chappell said: "If I'm a batsman, I'm not putting up with that.
"If the umpires don't step in and stop Matthew Wade, I'm going to bloody shut him up as a batsman."
Chappell also took exception with the party line among many involved in the game that says sledging is part of cricket.
"Administrators, players, umpires, coaches the whole lot (say) 'it's all part of the game'. It's not part of the game. It's a load of bollocks."