Versus: which team is best at sledging - Australia or England?
The second instalment of our new feature 'Versus' pits Australia's master sledgers against England's...
Last Updated: 03/12/13 1:43pm
Cricket is littered with sledges and banter like Shane Warne's quip to Paul Collingwood in 2006/07 and, as we've seen in the current Ashes series, the flak just keeps coming.
But which country produces the best sledges - Australia or England - and what are your favourite one-liners?
Check out the video above and then have your say in our poll at the bottom of the page! Here are a few to get you in the mood, if you can take it...
What they said...
"You can't ****ing bat." Merv Hughes to Robin Smith, 1989. "Hey Merv, we make a fine pair. I can't bat and you can't bowl." Robin Smith to Merv Hughes, 1989, after he hit the next ball for four.
"It's no good hitting me there, mate, there's nothing to damage". Derek Randall after Dennis Lillee hit him on the head in the Centenary Test of 1977.
"What are you doing out here? You're not good enough to play for England." Mark Waugh to James Ormond, who replied: "Maybe so, but at least I'm the best player in my family."
Nasser Hussain: "Stuart Law once said to Ian Healy in a game at Queensland, 'Heals, do you want someone under Nasser's nose at silly point?' Heals looked me up and down and said 'With a nose that big, you'd have to be three miles away'. I charged the next ball and got out stumped Healy!"
What the pundits say...
Nasser Hussain: "I don't think England had a problem with what went on, on the field in Brisbane; I think England are of the opinion that if you give it, you expect to get it back. It will be exactly the same in the games ahead.
"What they had a problem with was David Warner going into a press conference and doing things off the field. Generally the rule is what goes on the field, stays on the field.
"I thought the end of the game was a little bit ugly, to be honest. England needed 380 - Australia should have knocked Jimmy Anderson over, shook his hand and said 'we've done you there, mate'.
"You don't need all of that stuff at the end but Australia have been fired up by Lehmann and I expect more of the same."
David Lloyd: "I think it's an absolute nonsense. I keep hearing in Australia that 'we play hard and tough cricket'. I say 'don't talk out your backside'. I think it's ordinary behaviour.
"If Michael Clarke had any class about him - if he wanted to engage Anderson - he should have gone up to him with a big smile and pointed at the scoreboard.
"I have no problem with the stuff with the fast bowlers. You can go back through the ages; all of the fast bowlers have chipped away. But at the end of that game when they were telling England's No 11 that they're going to break his arm? Come off it."
So what do you think? Which country produces the best sledgers - Australia or England? And what are you favourite sledges? Have your say and then vote in our poll.
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