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Chappell writes open letter to Paine

Former Australia captain Greg Chappell has written an open letter to the current skipper Tim Paine, urging him to learn from his underarm bowling mistake.

Paine was at the receiving end of heavy criticism for his sledging and altercations in Sydney for using abusive words for India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin. Paine had also got himself engaged in an altercation with the match officials during the third Test at the SCG.

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Paine, however, apologised for his behaviour thereafter.

“I want to apologise for the way I went about things yesterday… my leadership wasn’t good enough, I let the pressure of the game get to me,” he told reporters a day after the Sydney Test.

Meanwhile, Chappell in his letter, published in the Sydney Morning Herald, noted, “Abuse is not acceptable in any workplace and talk, in my opinion, is cheap. It does not show one’s strength. Rather, it displays a weakness of character.”

“I urge you to impress on the team to let the bat and ball do the talking and set better examples to millions of impressionable little boys and girls, lest they start imitating the worst instincts and actions of their sporting heroes. This will be the greatest legacy that you can leave,” he added.

Chappell also wrote that he is grateful to his luck that social media was not around 40 years ago, as the Australian public, then and now, has “high standards of its players – particularly, the captain”.

Admitting that the infamous underarm bowl was a mistake from his end, Chappell claimed he was “not prepared for the ferocity of the backlash, following my spur-of-the moment brain fade”.

“My first indication was when a young girl, who had jumped the fence with thousands of other youngsters to rush out to the middle at the end of the game, came up beside me and tugged on my sleeve as I jogged towards the players gate. I looked down at her and she said, ‘You cheated’. I knew then that this was going to be big.”

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