If Sanga had welcomed Pollock to the wicket with "alright you useless ginger ****, your team is **** and so is your mother in bed" I'd regard that as abuse, not sledging.
edit: the Flintoff video linked above gives 2 great examples of proper sledging as well. The first one he just shuts Bravo up brilliantly, the second one he gets Tino Best to play a ridiculous shot and throw his wicket away - Flintoff's reaction to the stumping said it all.
Last edited by Furball; 19-04-2010 at 08:29 AM.
Best sledges are undoubtedly the non-peronsally abusive ones which cause your opponent to make a catastrophic error. I love perpetrating them, frankly. But I never, ever do unless provoked.
And of course they don't always work, which is what makes them so great in the first.
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Which is why am opposed to any kind of talk in international matches. The symmo-Bhajji episod is perfect example. Although I don't agree with 'teri ma ki' either, as it is so foul mouthed that you don't expect to get away with it without a thrashing in a street in india.
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