Can sledging go too far?

There is curently a bit of a storm brewing over a bit of sledging in a recent tennis match between Aussie Kyrgios and Wawrinka. Kyrgios can clearly be heard saying to Wawrinka “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate.” I make the point that Krgios is an Aussie because they have plenty of previous in Test matches.

Kyrgios has also got previous for bad behaviour when he didnt bother to return serves in a match at Wimbledon this year.

Clearly sports people do lose their rag at times and words are exchanged, but is there a limit and has this guy crossed it? Frankly I am surprised that Wawrinka didnt chin the guy. Calling people names is one thing, saying something like this in earshot of people watching the game another. To add a bit of spice Kyrgios’s mother tweeted in support of her son saying a sledge for a sledge (nice family, clearly).

I should imagine there was an interesting conversation between Wawrinka and his girlfriend, also a tennis pro,Donna Vekic, later that night!

20. Malcolm Marshall & David Boon.
Malcolm Marshall was bowling to David Boon, who was having a bit of trouble against the fast bowler and had played and missed a few times. Marshall : "Now David, are you going to get out or am I going to have to come round the wicket and kill you?".

19. Merv Hughes & Graham Gooch.
Merv Hughes was all over Gooch in one test and proceeded to say: “Would you like me to bowl a piano and see if you can play that”.

18. Rod Marsh & Ian Botham.
In an Ashes match Botham arrived at the wicket to a bit of cheek from the Aussie keeper. Marsh : “So how’s your wife and my kid’s?”. Botham: “Wife’s fine. Kid’s are retarded”.

17. Robin Smith & Merv Hughes.
In the 1989 Ashes series Big Merv was giving Smith a few problems. After playing and missing a Merv delivery, Big Merv snapped: “You can’t fucking bat”. Next ball Smith proceeded to belt Hughes to the fence for four runs and replied: "Hey Merv! We make a good pair. I can’t fucking bat and you can’t fucking bowl!".

16. Merv Hughes & Javed Miandad.
During a test between Pakistan and Australia in 1991 Miandad tried to sledge Merv: “Merv you are a big, fat bus conductor”. Only a few balls later Merv dismissed Miandad, ran past him and shouted: "Tickets please!".

15. Ian Healy & Arjuna Ranatunga.
The Australians were getting frustrated while trying to get the wicket of the portly Arjuna Ranatunga of Sri Lanka. Various tactics were tried and failed until Healy came up with a winner: "Put a Mars Bar on a good length and that should do it!".

14. Herschelle Gibbs & Steve Waugh.
In the 1999 World Cup Australia needed to beat South Africa to keep their tournament hopes alive. Steve Waugh was on 56* and leading Aus to victory when he gifted Gibbs a simple catch. Gibbs went to celebrate the catch but instead dropped it, leaving Waugh to retort: “You’ve just dropped the World Cup”. He was right too, Aussie went on to win the game and the tournament, knocking out South Africa in the process.

13. Merv Hughes & Viv Richards.
During a test match in Jamaica, Hughes continued to stare at Richards after each delivery. He never spoke a word but sure enough after every delivery there was a stare. Viv Richards: “Don’t you be staring at me, man. This is my island, my culture. And in my culture we just bowl”. Hughes replied with a ripper : “In my culture we just say fuck off”.

12. Mark Waugh & Adam Parore.
Waugh: “I remember you from a couple of years ago. You were shit then and you’re fucken useless now!”. To which Parore replied: “Yeah that’s me. And I remember you were dating that old, ugly slut. I see you’ve married her now. You dumb cunt”.

11. Merv Hughes & Robin Smith.
Merv was bowling a few crackers that Smith couldn’t even get an edge to. Merv: “If you turn the bat over you’ll get the instructions mate”.

And the Top 10…

10. Jamie Siddons & Steve Waugh.
In a Sheffield Shield match Steve Waugh was taking his time getting ready to face his first ball. Taking guard, scratching out his mark, looking at the field settings. Jamie Siddons decided enough was enough and remarked: “For fuck’s sake, mate, it’s not a fucken test match!”. To which Waugh replied: “Of course it’s not… You’re here”.

9. Ian Healy & Arjuna Ranatunga.
During a One-dayer between Australia and Sri Lanka Ranatunga decided he needed a runner. The stump microphone then picked up the following sledge from Healy: “You don’t get a runner for being an overweight, fat cunt”.

8. Glenn McGrath & Ramnaresh Sarwan.
Surprised this didn’t rank higher. Shortly after McGrath’s wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer, the Australians were playing a test match against the West Indies. McGrath: “What does Brian Lara’s dick taste like?”. Sarwan: “Why don’t you ask your wife?”. McGrath then lost the plot_: “If you ever mention my wife again, I’ll fucken rip your fucken throat out”._

7. Fred Trueman.
An Australian batsman was walking onto the field, opened the gate and before he could shut it, Trueman remarked_: “Don’t bother shutting it, son, you won’t be there long enough”._

6. Ravi Shastri & Mike Whitney.
Mike Whitney was on the field as a sub fielder while Shastri was batting. Shastri hits the ball to Whitney and contemplates a single. Whitney throws the ball in and says_: “Stay in your crease or I’ll break your fucken head_”. Shastri replies_: “If you could bowl as well as you talk you wouldn’t be the fucken 12th man!”._

5. Daryll Cullinan & Shane Warne.
Cullinan was well known as being a bit of a bunny to Warne’s bowling. The 2 hadn’t played each other in some time so when Cullinan walked out to bat, Warne couldn’t resist heckling him_: “I’ve been waiting two years for another chance at you_”. Cullinan got him back with a ripper_: “Looks like you spent it eating…”_

4. Sunil Gavaskar & Viv Richards.
In one test between the West Indians and the Indians Sunil Gavaskar decided to drop down to no.4 from his usual opening position. Malcolm Marshall then proceeded to dismiss Gaekwad and Vengsarkar for no score. When Gavaskar came out to bat Richards said: “Man it don’t matter where you come in, the score is still zero!”

3. Fred Trueman & Raman Subba Row.
Fred Trueman was bowling and got an edge from the batsman which went between Row’s legs, who was fielding at slip. At the end of the over, Row runs over to Trueman and says: “Sorry Fred, I should’ve kept my legs closed”. Trueman: “So should your mother”.

2. Mark Waugh & James Ormond.
James Ormond came out to bat in a match with Australia. Mark Waugh, at slip, let rip: “What are you doing out here? You’re too shit to play for England!” Ormond replied: “Maybe so, but at least I’m the best player in my family”.

Drumroll please! The number 1 cricket sledge of all time as voted by you, is:

1. Viv Richards & Greg Thomas.
In a county match in England, Thomas was bowling to Richards and getting a few to whizz past the bat. After Richards played and missed another one, Thomas said: “It’s red, it’s round. Now fucken hit it!”. This obviously angered Richards who proceeded to hit the next ball out of the ground. Richards: “You know what it looks like now go and get it.”


Is Kokkinakis aboriginal for a native Australian animal? Krygios is a bit of a loose cannon to be honest, he’s become a bit of a celeb in Aus and it looks like it’s going to his head…

Some of the best cricket sledges ever

Of course not, you complete twat.

Is that sledging or just an insult?

I think in your example, that is going too far.

There’s also something different about sledging in a team sport and sledging between individuals.

Sledging in a team sport can more easily be classed as banter. Words between two people across a tennis net are much more difficult to call banter/sledging.

It’s all a bit childish in all honesty. However there are some pure comedy retorts.

Part and parcel of the game if done above board as such,

McGrath: “Why are you so fat?”

Brandes “Because every time I fuck your wife, she gives me a biscuit.”

Aussie afl players are so “precious” these days that they are trying to get booing banned!

Adam Goode is a bit of a “star” and is also aboriginal. He took offence last year when a young teenage girl called him a “monkey” (I think…it was some primate or other) and she ended up in trouble with the police over it. Yes, it probably was a bit naughty, but in the context of sledging that goes on in sport, it really wasn’t that bad. Ever since then he has been roundly boo’ed at every game and last month he took “time out” because he couldn’t handle it and now they want it banned. FFS…

Barry Sanchez, that story isn’t true, it is funny but didn’t happen.

I’m a bit tired. So my irony radar isn’t working. Is Smiler’s post serious?

Sledging in cricket is unfortunelty being fazed out. It used to be all part of the game, but sportsman/woman ship has became a big part of all games.

I would like to point out that ‘sledging’ goes on all the time on a football pitch at all levels, but not recorded, which is probably a good job, as in football it would be called ‘abusive behavour’ and have all sorts of fines connected to it.

Just take the example of the back chat ‘banter’ that cricket players give and receive from the crowd. Then put this on a football field and watch that player get fined or the supporter banned!