ENGLAND’S bid to maintain maintain of The Ashes begins in earnest this Thursday as sledging season will get underway.
Whereas there’s typically a lot to admire when England battle Australia to safe the tiny urn, gamers will resort to some low stunts to get the higher hand.
This consists of thoughts video games, or sledging as it’s recognized in cricket.
Right here, SunSport takes a take a look at 5 prime sledging clashes when the 2 groups got here face-to-face over time.
Glenn McGrath and Mike Atherton
Quick bowler McGrath tried out an outdated favorite on the England opener and it appeared to work.
McGrath: “Hey, Athers, it could assist for those who removed the s*** on the finish of your bat.”
Atherton appears to be like on the backside of his bat.
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McGrath: “No, mate, the opposite finish.”
Rod Marsh and Ian Botham
Botham arrived on the wicket and Aussie wicketkeeper Marsh piped up from behind the stumps.
Marsh: “So how’s your spouse and my youngsters?”
Botham: “Spouse’s tremendous, youngsters are retarded.”
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James Anderson and Michael Hussey
Anderson took to calling Aussie left-hander “Dave” throughout the 2010-11 series – apparently confusing him with his cricketing brother, Dave Hussey.
Eventually, Hussey snapped.
Hussey: “Hey, Jimmy, my name’s Mike.”
Anderson: “Oh, sorry about that, Dave.”
England’s Ashes Test schedule
Nov 23-27 First Test (Brisbane)
Dec 2-6 Second Test (Adelaide)
Dec 14-18 Third Test (Perth)
Dec 26-30 Fourth Test (Melbourne)
Jan 4-8 Fifth Test (Sydney)
Ian Healy and Nasser Hussain
England skipper Nasser Hussain has a prominent proboscis. One day, the Aussies were discussing fielding positions. Eventually captain Steve Waugh made his decision.
Waugh to Ricky Ponting: “Field at silly point. I want you right under his nose.”
Wicketkeeper Ian Healy: “That could be anywhere inside a three-mile radius.”
Robin Smith and Merv Hughes
Big Merv was one of the game’s great sledgers and in 1989 exchanged words with England’s Robin Smith.
After playing and missing a few times, Hughes snapped: “You can’t f****** bat.”
Next ball, Smith belted a boundary and responded: “Hey Merv, we make a fine pair. I can’t f****** bat and you can’t f****** bowl!”
(Disclaimer – most are these are probably exaggerated or apocryphal!)