Sledging

From WG Grace, with his penchant for delivering a running commentary on opposition players and umpires, to Steve Waugh's Australians and their tactic of "mental disintegration", sledging is almost as old as cricket itself. The Australians, from Dennis Lillee to Merv Hughes have been the acknowledged masters, but Asian exponents like Kumar Sangakkara are fast catching up

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Why we need needle

We all enjoy watching a little pettiness, bad blood and low-grade squabbling between players, let's admit it

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The case for sledging

Whether it's acceptable or not is another matter, but there's no denying that sledging works

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Sledging: where does one draw the line?

There's no easy answer. And the sooner administrators, coaches and players (including the young) figure that out, the better

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What's eating Ishant Sharma?

His misplaced aggression in Sri Lanka, and the fact that he offended more than once, is a poor reflection on India

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Bad manners

Letter from... Lyttelton, New Zealand

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Is cricket really vulnerable to physical altercations?

Cricket has had relatively few ugly on-field incidents when compared to other sports, so to start fearing the worst because of the verbal abuse going round is to take things too far