There’s no love lost between Ian Chappell and Ian Botham. The Australian and the Englishman came to blows way back in 1977 in a Melbourne bar, and they were almost at it again on Monday.
The duo went at each other in the car parking at the Adelaide Oval — the venue for the second Ashes Test. Had it not been for people around, who pulled them apart, things could have turned nasty.
According to reports, Chappell, 67, and Botham, 55, squared up to each after the end of play on Monday. They were in the parking area when “Chappell muttered something highly provocative as he went past”. A surprised Botham turned around to retort: “What did you say?”
And after Chappell made another incendiary remark, both were at each others’ throats before being quickly separated.
“They went for each other and it could have got very nasty if there hadn’t been people to keep them apart,” the daily quoted a source.
Clearly, the two aren’t in a mood to call truce anytime soon.