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.
Last edited by outbreak; 24-11-2013 at 03:49 PM.
Don't see the problem, amusing thread though.
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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?
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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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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