1977-78 India vs Aus series played in the shadow of the Packer circus, but still came out a winner

Sunday, October 05, 2021

Fending off the 'rebels'

SK Sham

The discontent over playing fees amongst leading Australian players had reached a flashpoint in the 1975-76 season. Ian Chappell led a rebellion against the establishment on behalf of the players. "Pay us more or we don't play," was his bold outburst.

Adding fuel to the fire of revolt was Kerry Packer, a no-nonsense business tycoon, who had his own battle to fight with the Australian Cricket Board over television rights for his Channel Nine. Frustrated that his offer was rejected, he made common cause with the players.


Brisbane Test - Aus won by 16 runs

Perth Test - Aus won by 2 wkts

Melbourne Test - Ind won by 222 runs

Sydney Test - Ind won by an innings and 2 runs

Adelaide Test - Aus won by 47 runs

Australia won the seri