Former Australia skipper and commentator Ian Chappell has revealed that he is undergoing treatment for skin cancer. The 75-year-old also added that the treatment result was positive and he will commentate during the upcoming Ashes series starting from August 1.
Ian Chappell captained Australia between 1971 and 1975 and was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2003. Chappell had donned the Baggy Green in 75 Test matches scoring 5345 runs at an average of 42.40. The former cricketer has completed five weeks of intense radiation therapy after he had skin cancers removed from his shoulder, neck and underarm.
The 75-year-old Chappell revealed why he didn’t divulge the news early on. However, Ian Chappell stated that he is doing a lot better now and the results are coming out positive.
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“I didn’t tell too many people early on. Mainly because I just wasn’t sure what the radiotherapy would involve and how weary I’d be,” he said to News Corp. “But as it turned out, it wasn’t so bad. A bit of tiredness at night and a bit of skin irritation, but other than that I’m feeling pretty good,” he added.
At this stage, the pathology report has come all clear and Ian Chappell is ready to commentate in the Ashes beginning with the first Test at Birmingham on August 1. The cricket legend has been a regular commentator of the sport since 1980 when he joined Channel Nine’s coverage.
“With the Ashes coming up now, I’ll speak to Nine and just say, ‘look, I’m ready to go if you need me’,” he concluded.
Australia will look to win their first Ashes series in England. They have announced a strong list of probables which will take on England in the five-match Test series as a part of the World Test Championship.