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Steve Waugh and the art of sledging


I admit I have a fascination with sledging. I often wonder just what the fielding side say to the batsman to put him off his game. It's a damn shame the stump mike doesn't pick it up. However, I have a sneaking feeling the art of mental disintegration isn't quite as sophisticated as it's made out to be. Michael Vaughan recently revealed Graeme Smith's sledge during the English tour of South Africa was to repeatedly brand him a "queer". That's about as canny as Warwick Todd's "wicket tacking sledge" against Nasser Hussain, calling him "Saddam". And Steve Waugh reveals in his new book a sledging match he had with Brian Lara in the Caribbean. After Lara refused to walk on a caught behind appeal, it went something like this:
Waugh: 'Told you so - you only walk when it suits you'
Lara: 'Shut up!'
Waugh: 'Told you.'
Lara: 'Shut up!'
Waugh: 'Told you.'
Lara: 'C'mon, let's go, let's get it on right now!'
So it seems sledging is no more advanced than high school taunts, consisting of retorts in the mould of "I told you so", "thanks for talking about yourself" and "I know you are, what am I?". I can see why the stump mike is turned down.
Posted by JC on Mon 24 Oct 716 comments
Funny how he never picked on Ambrose, Walsh or Garner.
Posted by Virtualgaz on 2005-10-24 05:31:02
Local club cricketers come up with better ways of getting into batsmen's head, and sometimes not even a single word is passed between them!!!
Posted by KB on 2005-10-26 08:36:50
Sledging is surely an art of its own kind. But one must have the balls to back it up with actions if you are up-against the other guy. Else, you have to bank on dicks like Ian Healy who only know irritating like mosquitoes. Obviously, you don't try the same tricks with Sachin and Smith. And if you do, the consequences won't be the same.

As for Lara-Waugh thing, I don't think it has anything to do with sledging. Waugh did have a moral high and he couldn't lose the opportunity to get inside Lara's head. It was revenge for round one.
Posted by Akshaya on 2005-10-26 11:37:47
Well Virtualgaz, Tugga famously went toe to toe with Ambrose in the WI in 1995 in The Trinidad test and it got so nasty that Richie Richardson had to drag Ambrose away-why cuz in the end Tugga just told Ambrose -'why don't you get f***ed ' :)
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