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home / archives / 1985 / 14th November

Trying to get one past...

The Government of Prime Minister Bob Hawke was under fire as in the space of 10 months the Australian Dollar had dropped in value by 25%, with the Trade Weighted Index going from 80.8 points to 60.3. With the dollar taking such a beating desperate measures are called for by Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Treasurer Paul Keating holds the ball.

Bob Hawke's advice calls back to the now infamous "underarm incident" when Australian captain Greg Chappell ordered his brother Trevor to bowl underarm in the last ball of a limited overs international against New Zealand on the 1st February 1981. At the time Australia was six runs ahead and the action removed any chance New Zealand tail ender Brian McKechnie had of hitting a six to tie the match. While it prevented a tie, it was a decision Greg Chappell later stated he regretted, and the rules were changed to outlaw such a ploy.