INTRODUCTION: The Australian Cricket Control Board has issued a directive banning under-arm bowling in one day matches following the controversial end of Monday's international between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne cricket ground.
SV: (Mute) Australian captain Greg Chappell in the field at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
SV: (Mute) New Zealand batsman Brian McKenzie preparing to face last delivery
SV: (Mute) Greg Chappell in field
SV and GV: (Mute) Trevor Chappell bowls ball along the ground McKenzie blocks ball throws bat in the air & players start to leave the field. (2 shots)
SV PAN: (Mute) McKenzie picks up bat and walks off the field with fellow New Zealand batsman
SCU: New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon commenting on Australian move
CU: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser comments on Mr. Muldoon's statement and Australian tactics (Overlay of incident)
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MULDOON: "I described Greg Chappell's actions as an act of cowardice, which I believe it was. And I thought it was most appropriate that the Australian team was dressed in yellow."
FRASER: "I don't want to respond what Mr. Muldoon has said for one moment, but I do think it was a great pity it occurred. It is certainly contrary to the traditions of the game."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Australian Cricket Control Board has issued a directive banning under-arm bowling in one day matches following the controversial end of Monday's international between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne cricket ground. Australian captain Greg Chappell sparked the row by ordering his brother Trevor to bowl the last ball of the match along the pitch. New Zealand needed six runs off the last ball to draw the World Series Cup match. Chappell's tactics have drawn bitter criticism from cricket officials in both New Zealand and Australia. The Prime Ministers of the 2 countries have also joined the debate in what has become one of the hottest sporting controversies in many years.
SYNOPSIS: Greg Chappell was determine to lead the Australian side to victory in the third of the 5 match series. But the tactics he used to secure that victory shocked even the most loyal Australian fans.
New Zealand batsman Brian McKenzie had only one chance of saving the match but the under arm grubber from bowler Trevor Chappell made a sweeping stroke impossible.
McKenzie's anger was reflected by a booing crowd, the sporting press cricket authorities and even leading politician, including the Prime Minister of New Zealand Mr. Robert Muldoon who described Chappell's tactic as cowardly.