|Sir Ian Botham|
Both have wildly differing views on the subject. The Middle Stump have always been purveyors of fairness and are never biased, so it depends if you believe the wonderful and English Sir Ian Botham, a man of many charitable causes, or the worst type of Aussie (you know, those who look like they have a spotty botty), Ian Chappell. Although to be fair, I have always enjoyed his newspaper columns and journalistic style.
It started with Chappell shouting off about England being a poor side, as they were drinking in a bar near the MCG after a day at the Centenary test, and with Botham retorting that he wouldn't tour England that summer saying "Everyone wants to knock your block off, because you're a prick". That they can agree on.
According to the Aussie, Sir Ian then put a glass to his throat and threatened to cut him from ear to ear, an accusation that the Englishman has always vigorously denied. A few more words were exchanged before Botham sent Greg's brother flying off a bar stool, which resulted in them going outside to avoid getting blood all over the bar I presume? Chappell says he was caught by surprise, but at The Middle Stump we know that if someone has already threatened you with a beer glass, as the Australian suggests, the element of surprise is hardly in the Mayor of Hiroshima proportions now is it?
Again this is where the stories differ; Chappell refused to go outside saying there were police around and "it wasn't worth going to jail over a c**t like you" before calmly leaving the bar, or Beefy saying he swore at me before running scared through the car park. Or something like that! Either way Botham chased him out and had to be held back by numerous people.
This then carried on three years later as Both removed Chappelli for a duck in a state game, pointing out the flaws in his technique as the Australian was returning to the pavilion, and continued throughout the series.
Thirty five years later the two men still don't speak, even though both are grandparents and have shared the same commentary box on numerous occasions. Whatever happens in cricket, it should always be forgotten about over a beer or two after play, but this is one of those things that looks like it will keep going until the both men reach their final resting place.