Ian Chappell Blasts Marnus Labuschagne For Taking Too Long To Leave The Crease

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Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is unimpressed with batsmen taking an ‘inordinate’ time to leave the crease once they are given out by the on-field umpire.

Chappell’s comments come in view of the recent events where Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne showed their clear disappointment by the umpire’s decision. Smith, batting for New South Wales, and Labushchagne, for Queensland, in the Sheffield Shield matches, were given out by the on-field umpire – incidentally, both were given out nicked off to the keeper.

Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith
Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith. Image-Twitter.

Both the animated right-handers fumed towards the decision of the umpire and lingered off the field with conspicuous disagreement in their body language.

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I just don’t understand it: Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell, when asked about these events, was furious with modern batsmen, Labuschagne in particular regarding showing dissent with the ump’s decision. The 77-year-old has observed Labuschagne takes ‘forever’ to get off the ground after he is given out.

“A lot of players from around the world are taking an inordinate time to leave the crease when they get out. Marnus Labuschagne is a bad example — he takes forever to get off the field, but he’s not the only one, and there are plenty of others and from other countries. I just don’t understand it. You’ve never had so many police officers at a cricket grounds: referees, third umpires, fourth umpires. It’s time for them to say, ‘Hey listen, what the hell is going on? When you’re given out, get on your bike and get on your bike real quick,” Ian Chappell told Wide World of Sports.

Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell. Image-Twitter.

The former right-hander recalls his playing days when players were taught to not argue with the umpire’s as his call is the final say in any matter. Chappell reckons it is the advent of the DRS which has rendered the players to question the umpire’s decision and instead look to vindication on the big screen.

“In the era I was brought up in, one of the first things you were told is the umpire is right, and you do not argue with the umpire, Somehow rather; you have to find a way, even if you were given out and you knew you weren’t out, somehow you had to find a way to walk that 100-odd meters to the dressing room before you let it all loose. It was character building.

“They’ve brought in the DRS system, which is basically saying to the players, ‘Argue with the umpires’. I think some of them look around, have a look at the big screen, and so on,” the former skipper added.

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