Thursday 22 March 2018 / 08:59 PM


To mark 36 years since the infamous ‘underarm incident’ at the MCG, a couple of stars from the New Zealand and Australian ODI line-ups took time out from their Chappell-Hadlee series preparations to recreate one of the most controversial moments in trans-Tasman sporting history.

With the Kiwis needing an unlikely six off the final ball of the 1981 clash, Aussie captain Greg Chappell made the ill-fated decision to instruct brother Trevor to ball an underarm delivery to New Zealand tailender Brian McKechnie – a call that ignited a firestorm and drew heavy criticism on both sides of the ditch.

But time heals all wounds, and the adversaries from the current squads produced a tongue-in-cheek re-enactment, while showing off some handy acting skills.

Fittingly, Glenn Maxwell – a favourite target of New Zealand crowds – plays the Greg Chappell role, with Adam Zampa the reluctant Trevor. Black Caps bowler Trent Boult plays the part of McKechnie (and gets the bat throw bang on) with opener Tom Latham filling in as non-striker Bruce Edgar, who carried his bat and finished on 102* after opening the innings.

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