Well someone has to get the ball bowling on this one. Almost as old as cricket itself, the art of sledging has been refined over generations and varies from gentle ribbing to full on, in your face insults. Some people take quite a dim view of sledging, but for many it is almost an unwritten law of the game that must be indulged in.
Now I really want this post to be an ‘interactive’ post, would love to see your favourite sledges in the comments section underneath as there are hundreds of them from well known matches, but also your own from your local league matches too. So, for now, a few ‘historical’ favourites, but come on, lets get a list going.
Mark Waugh [Aus] & James Ormand [Eng]
Ormand had just come out to bat and was greeted by Mark Waugh.
MW: ” Mate, what are you doing out here? There’s no way you’re good enough to play for England.”
JO: “Maybe not, but at least I’m the best player in my family.”
Merv Hughes [Aus] & Graham Gooch [Eng]
Merv Hughes was bowling a fast spell to England’s Graham Gooch, who was struggling to hit the ball with his bat. Hughes continued to dominate and said: “Would you like me to bowl a piano and see if you can play that”.
Shane Warne [Aus] & Daryll Cullinan [SA]
Cullinan was known to fall to Warne on a regular basis, so when they met again after a couple of years of not facing each other, Shane couldn’t resist a dig
He said to Cullinan: “I’ve been waiting two years for another chance at you”
Cullinan: “Looks like you spent it eating…”
You don’t even have to be playing cricket to indulge in some sledging, the Germans got involved during the 2013 Summer Ashes tour, aiming this tweet at the Australian cricket team
— Cricket Germany (@Cricket_Germany) July 21, 2013
My personal favourite is quite a recent one and involves Jimmy Anderson [Eng] and Mitchell Johnson [Aus] – and with the joys of your tube….here it is
So come on, I know there are so many of these, lets be havin’ them!