Archive for January 6th, 2007

5-0 whitewash, The Ashes and sledging…

The Australians hammered us and now the men in suits will convene to review Team England and try to come up with a plausible explanation as to how we went from Ashes winners in 2005 to also rans in 2006/07. Experts have said it all – but having seen much of the coverage of all five tests (the benefit of needing only 3-4 hours sleep are few, but this was one of them) I did see some excellent cricket being played by England – but not enough of it. We were outplayed – comprehensively. The Australians played superb and entertaining cricket.

So… to sledging. Banter by fielders when the opposing batsmen are at the crease is a part of the game at test level. It is a pity that viewers cannot hear it and have to rely on commentators to inform us.

Here is a selection which appeared in The Sun yesterday:

“I’ll bowl you a F*****g piano, you pommie p**f. Let’s see if you can play that.”
Merv Hughes to England opener Michael Atherton.

“Mate, if you just turn the bat over you’ll find the instructions on the other side.”
Hughes to Robin Smith, Graeme Hick and just about every other England batsman who ever faced him.

Question: “Why are you fat?”
Answer: “Because every time I make love to your wife, she gives me a biscuit.”

Zimbabwe’s Eddo Brandes gives Glen McGrath a taste of his own medicine

“So how’s your wife and my kids?”
Aussie wicket keeper Rod marsh welcomes Ian Botham to the crease.

“Can I borrow your brain? I’m building an idiot.”
Aussie fan to England spinner Phil Tufnell

Well… on to The Ashes 2009!

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