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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid View Post
    And tbf that's exactly what Cook was saying when interviewed post-match. His one exception was regarding the unprofessionalism of Warner's off-the-pitch comments about Trott, but we're probably going to hear a lot more of that sort of thing. I've always liked the old rugby adage of showing respect to your opponents even if you've just put 100 points against them, but maybe that's just not the way nowadays. Shame really. The other point that Cook made, quite reasonably, was that the back-to-back series was always going to contribute to a certain amount of needle.
    You're assuming Warner has any redeeming features as a bloke.

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    IIRC Anderson gave Watson a fair send-off in the second innings. There's no paragons of virtue here.
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    Johnson is ****ing intimidating, definitely the scariest in the current team. Even when he's bowling all over the place I don't think people really want to be facing him in Tests.
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    Personally I don't see anything wrong with it, they went after Anderson hard because he was going after them but then went to the umpires once the Aussies started sledging him. So long as it wasn't anything personal (I believe it started with Bailey making fun of Andersons bowling) that lead to Anderson going to the umpires I have no issues.

    The guys like Root who just laugh it off or get on with it don't get as harsh a treatment. I spoke with an english friend about this and he seemed to think it was unheard of to sledge in england juniors teams and it's not done at all in their culture, is that true?

    For me it adds a bit more life to the game, is johnson supposed to apolgize after every bouncer? Test cricket is big boy cricket and cricket is a sport where getting in someone's head and altering their mind set can make a huge difference in the game. So long as people don't bring race/religion/family into sledging I don't see the problem.
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    Don't see the problem, amusing thread though.

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    Loved Johnson's 'To Catch a Predator' smile at Root.
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    Competition isn't meant to be friendly. They can all be friends when they retire. Are the English so feeble-minded that they are offended and rattled by mere words? I would give them a little more credit than that. Cricket is the only sport where we make a big deal about sledging. Every other sport, trash talk is normal, whether it is lighthearted banter or nasty insults. I've never understood why people take such stuff personally anyways. Why should David Warner's opinion mean anything to Jonathan Trott?

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    Warner's opinion wouldn't mean a pinch of **** to Trott unless there was a kernel of truth to it.

    Love the sledge. It's just another way to work over the opposition. You gotta be focused to handle balls coming at your throat at 145km, you gotta be focused to negotiate late swing, you gotta be focused to negotiate one that turns and bounces out of the foot marks. If the opposition can get you focusing on what they're saying rather than the next ball then they're that step closer to winning. They're just looking for a weakness, or trying to take maximum advantage of one that's been identified. Done badly or against a poorly chosen target it can backfire. Sledging Waugh for instance was dumb. Just made the **** more determined.

    And that's part of Test cricket's magic for me. It is total. The battle starts long before the toss. Trott has been identified as a weak link now. The Australians aren't going to ease up on him. He has two options - fight back or be destroyed. His captain having a whinge about that nasty Davy saying mean things isn't helping him. I like Trott and kinda hope he can respond and jam Warner's words down his throat through weight of runs. But if he doesn't then how was what Warner said wrong?

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    Adub an expert at handling balls coming at his throat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Adub an expert at handling balls coming at his throat.
    whereas you prefer them coming at the chin or nose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    You're assuming Warner has any redeeming features as a bloke.
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    Australia just had a climax and let out a collective sigh of relief, born out of frustration by a series of no-run stands. Just hope they don't fall asleep and can get up for the next match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripper868 View Post
    His missus. See Candic Falzon (google it yerselves)

    other luminaries shes been through include Braith Anasta, Matt Henjak, David Carney, $onny Bill Williams, Sam Burgess and Brent Staker
    Wait, Warner is with Falzon?? First I've heard of it...

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