Former Australian captain Greg Chappell says Tim Paine’s abuse towards the umpire and Indian star Ravi Ashwin during the SCG Test displayed a “weakness of character.”
Paine earlier this week was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for his expletive-laden outburst at umpire Paul Wilson during the third Test, while also coming under the microscope for having a nasty verbal battle with Ashwin on the final day of play.
The Australian skipper’s actions saw him address his behaviour shortly after following a wave of criticism, stepping up for a snap press conference where he apologised for his antics.
Chappell, who made his debut in 1970 and played 87 Tests for Australia, touched on the infamous “underarm” incident in an open letter penned to Paine.
In 1981 during a one-day international against New Zealand, Chappell controversially instructed his younger brother Trevor to deliver the final ball along the ground with the tourists needing a six to tie the match.
Chappell said his actions should be a “lesson to us all” and conceded he “failed” to “maintain equilibrium and equanimity in the face of changing and challenging circumstances.”
“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,” Chappell wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald.
“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
“This will be the greatest legacy that you can leave.”