Originally Posted by TT Boy
Not your fault. Shame the series seems to be not as well documented as others from the period. From reading about it in Wisden and from players such as Barry Richards, it sounds fascinating and excellent book material.
Some other things that happened; The SA cricket board wanted the Aussies to play a 5th Test (the series was very popular in SA) The CA agreed, but in their contract the Aussie players had the choice, and led by IMC demanded more money. CA refused but the SA CB offered to pay them a bonus. There was some heated arguments between the Aussie players, and in the end they refused. Otherwise I think it may have ended 5 zip.
Lawry then wrote a letter to CA about the joke of playing a series in SA after a tough series in India. Chappell wanted all the players to sign the letter, but Lawry refused and took it upon himself, this is believed to be one of the main reasons Lawry was sacked as Aussie captain in the next series.
You can find these things covered very well, in 'Chappelli speaks out' by Ashley Mallett. and also in Ali The Life of Ali Bacher by Rodney Hartman.