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Is there too much fuss about sledging?

Mark Butcher, Ian Chappell, David Hopps, Mark Nicholas, Sanjay Manjrekar and Sambit Bal have their say

Producer: Arya Yuyutsu

January 1, 2014

Posted by Gavin_AM on (January 2, 2014, 2:10 GMT)

This is why I would be no good on the sports field. A bit of humorous teasing is all very well (I grew up with Aunts and Uncles who teased us mercilessly), but the outright ugliness and aggression in modern sport is too much for me. If I would not accept you speaking to me like that in daily life, then I certainly will not tolerate it on the sports field simply because you say it is "part of the game". And don't bother saying that we can leave it on the field and share a drink afterwards - why would I want to socialise with someone who had sworn at and insulted me? I agree with other posters who say it should be banned outright.

Posted by WGGrace1885 on (January 2, 2014, 0:47 GMT)

I think it is funny that this is even a discussion. These are highly paid professional sportsmen - grown men - and they should be mentally tough enough to ignore whatever is said to them during play. So what if someone says naughty words to them while they bat! It isn't the 1890s anymore, and these aren't delicate Victorian gentlemen prone to fainting if they hear something scandalous.

Posted by Little_Aussie_Battler on (January 2, 2014, 0:20 GMT)

It is and always has been a part of the game. If you do not care for it, just look the other way.

Posted by ShutTheGate on (January 1, 2014, 23:50 GMT)

Turn the mic's off and don't show close up lip readable footage of heated moments. Let the players and umpires go about their business with a bit of privacy.

What next we're going to try to ban the crowd sledging players? Yeah right!

The umpires have a duty to ensure that sledging doesn't escalate, other than that let the players play the game. If it offends you, then watch tennis.

Posted by dinosaurus on (January 1, 2014, 23:39 GMT)

I'm glad to see that the comments about the Australian cricket team are now again dominated by complaints about sledging. When you can't criticise the play or the result it's good that you have the old chestnut about sledging to fall back on! The fact is that the Aussies are no "worse" at sledging than other teams, and the tabloid press in England in Phase 1 of the current 10-Test Ashes set a pretty 'high standard" in abuse (mind you, getting involved in problems between Mitch's girlfriend and his mother was a bit on the "ugly prurient" side in 2009). Also the Barmy Army is an exercise in "crowd sledging" that others don't resort to. Sort of like British soccer hooliganism or the modern Davis Cup, particularly in Europe.

Posted by nareshgb1 on (January 1, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

you can "credit" the "great" Steve Waugh for all this. The St Petulant of cricket.

Posted by AB_DeVilliers on (January 1, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

I don't particularly like the manner in which Clarke and his team plays the game. They're a bit over the top in their attempt to show aggression. They will try the same in SA, but they know we have the bowlers to stick it back at them, so I would be careful if I were them.

Posted by gallarate on (January 1, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Why not just ban it - give a 4 run penalty if it goes too far, decided immediately by the umpire.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

in all my years of playing cricket, i have always found sledging, a part of the game. Some teams are very amusing, and some get personal. it will always be part of the game. if you cannot take the sledging play another sport, and i bet you, there will be sledging there aswell.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

I'm afraid, sledging has become personal and Aussies in particular resort to anything to break a batsman's concentration and thus grab a wicket..

You get wickets by your ability and nothing else..

You should not aim to get wickets by intimdiation, unacceptable inflammatory remarks, personal assault, profanities and expletives and so on..

This has set a bad precedent and Aussies are guilty of initiating it..

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