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    Cricket legends come to blows at Ashes

    England's thumping of Australia in the second Ashes Test nearly sparked a different type of thumping between veteran cricket rivals Ian Botham and Ian Chappell in Adelaide.

    The English knight and the Aussie had to be dragged apart after reportedly clashing in the Adelaide Oval car park.

    The two men, who are said not to have spoken to each other since 1980 despite being regular cricket commentators at the same events, squared up as Botham waited to be picked to go to the airport, Britain's Daily Mail reported.

    Advertisement: Story continues below Chappell, from Channel Nine, "muttered something highly provocative as he went past", reported the paper, and Botham, from Sky, snapped: "What did you say?"

    They dropped their bags and "went for each other" before being separated by their colleagues from Channel Nine and Sky.

    "It could have got very nasty if there hadn't been people on hand to keep them apart," a Channel Nine source was reported as telling the Mail.

    "They reacted quickly because we all know the history between these two. They might be aged 55 and 67, but neither of them are the type of people to give an inch in the face of conflict."

    The animosity between the pair started in 1977, when, during the Centenary Test in Melbourne, Botham said Chappell uttered comments attacking the English, so he punched him and chased him out of a pub.

    Chappell's version of events was that Botham had teased him about not touring in England because "too many blokes are looking to knock your block off".

    http://www.watoday.com.au/sport/cric...207-18o28.html

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    Pathetic.

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    I'd rather see these old timers slug it out then watch Marcus North bat

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    Ian chappell

    nuff said

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    You're not still cross about the deodorant ball are you BDGF?

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    I was going to ask if there was a better source than the Daily Mail and Sky News. But then remembered they are the only ones who bother to report this "news"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    I'd rather see these old timers slug it out then watch Marcus North bat
    Pretty sure you won't be seeing North bat on the telly for quite some time

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    Quote Originally Posted by fulvio sammut View Post
    You're not still cross about the deodorant ball are you BDGF?

    they were his two younger brothers
    not that I remember

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ecky View Post
    Pretty sure you won't be seeing North bat on the telly for quite some time
    I wish. But North is one of Ponting's pets
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