West Indies cricketer Viv Richards was accused yesterday of using foul language during what degenerated into an acrimonious Test series against Australia. The charge was levelled by three Australian players following an onfield verbal slanging match in the fifth and final Test, won by Australia. The committee said Richards, after repeated foul language, also suggested a fist fight to settle differences.
The incident marked another low point in player relations during the series, in which the West Indies won the first three Tests and drew the fourth. When the series began in Perth on Nov. 9, both sides agreed there should be no sledging – cricket’s term for verbal abuse aimed at distracting opponents.