I don't think Australia are in any position to throw stones at India for sledging: Ian Chappell

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I don't think Australia are in any position to throw stones at India for sledging: Ian Chappell

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Ian Chappell has said the Australians are not in a position to call out India for their on-field sledging. However, the former Aussie skipper believes that it is necessary for the administrators to step in to prevent the growing animosity between the two teams from escalating further.

"The officials need to take a harder stance against on-field chatter. I also don't think the Australians are in any position to start throwing stones. They're no choirboys themselves," Chappell wrote in his column for Channel Nine.

"There's been a lot of bad blood and chatter between the two countries so far, but that's because it's been good and intense cricket. But the administrators are foolish if they're going to allow all this talking to continue on the field.

"It does, there's going to be trouble. It's been allowed to escalate over the years, and nobody is stepping in to stop it. It's going to cause a huge problem one day on the field. It already causes a bit of animosity from time to time, but from the evidence so far this series it will go beyond that at some stage." 

Virat Kohli has faced a lot of criticism from the Australian media in this series for his aggression, and Chappell feels that Kohli needs to control his emotions in a better way since he is the captain of the team.

"If I had one criticism of Indian captain Virat Kohli it's that he's a bit too emotional. I've always thought as a captain that it's best if you keep your display of emotions pretty even, but he doesn't," Chappell wrote.

"He's a very emotional guy. To say he's worse than somebody else is unfair as everyone does it, and some blokes do it differently to Kohli. It's ridiculous to allow that much chatter to occur on the field."

Chappell, however, feels that none of the teams out there can claim to be fully in compliance with the laws set out by the ICC regarding on-field behaviour

"All teams are into it, some more than others, but they're all guilty of it. If you wait for the ICC to do something about that nothing will ever happen," he wrote.

"We've never had so many policemen at a game of cricket as we do now - you've got referees, you've got four umpires, you've got all sorts of other people there, and yet nothing is done.”

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