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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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Mar 13, 2014

Time to draw a line in the sand?

The Cordon: It's hard for everyone to agree on what constitutes acceptable boundaries when it comes to on-field behaviour. It's best if the ICC spells it out

Michael Jeh

Dec 29, 2013

What's competitive about ugly on-field behaviour?

The Cordon: Today's on-field aggro is no better than the worst kind of bullying by schoolboy thugs. It's time to outlaw such conduct

V Ramnarayan

Dec 4, 2013

Pump up the volume

Rob Steen: It's time to turn the stump mikes all the way up, and leave them that way

Rob Steen

Dec 3, 2013

Doesn't sledging hurt anyone?

The Cordon: Players insist that what's said on the field doesn't affect them, but then why do it at all? And why go up in arms when someone seemingly crosses the line?

Michael Jeh

Nov 29, 2013

Verbals, sore winners, and camel milk

The Cordon: The Ashes sledging dramas get discussed at length, Tim Southee is compared to a desert animal, and Lane suffers a horrendous Last Man Stands caught-and-bowled injury to the frank and beans

Beige Brigade

Nov 28, 2013

How did sledging become a sign of manliness?

The Cordon: Michael Clarke has gained praise in some quarters for showing mongrel by sledging. What sort of message does that send?

Michael Jeh

Nov 28, 2013

Of sledging and suchlike

The Cordon: The Trott incident shows that there are plenty of matters of consequence worth discussing in cricket, but we insist on flying into a frenzy over the trivial

Dave Hawksworth

Jun 7, 2013

Dear David Gower...

The Cordon: What would an Ashes series be without Aussies and Poms giving each other stick about something or other? Answer: nothing

Matt Cleary

Jan 1, 2013

Sledging's inevitable? That's just silly

Ed Smith: The idea that trash talk is a by-product of competitiveness, and essential to spice up a contest, is laughable

Ed Smith

Feb 9, 2011

Will the UDRS be proved a good thing?

Rob Steen: The review system has, faults notwithstanding, the potential to be a boon for cricket. If Indian players and the BCCI warm to it during the World Cup, its future is bright

Rob Steen

Dec 8, 2008

Twenty20 off the agenda for ICC chiefs

News: The results of the two-day meeting of the ICC Chief Executives' Committee in Cape Town were announced today, but in reality nothing of major consequence was agreed

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 23, 2008

Sydney aftermath was over the top - Gilchrist

News: Adam Gilchrist says the Australia team may have been affected by the reactions following the Sydney Test, and he has hit out strongly at the criticism directed towards the players

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 9, 2008

Cricket Australia chief defends team against critics

News: Cricket Australia (CA) today threw its weight behind Ricky Ponting and his team-mates against accusations of unsporting behaviour and said sparks are bound to fly when the game is Test cricket and not "tiddlywinks"

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 7, 2008

The aftermath of the Sydney Test

News: Full coverage of the ban imposed on Harbhajan Singh for alleged racist remarks to Andrew Symonds during the second Test in Sydney

Jan 7, 2008

Indian team rallies around Harbhajan

News: India's players have often been criticised for not standing up when it counted but on a day of high drama, they seemed to have done just that. They refused to leave Sydney until there was more clarity on the ban handed to Harbhajan Singh and decided to st

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan in Sydney

Oct 21, 2007

Gavaskar criticises match referee's role in players' face-off

News: Sunil Gavaskar said while the blame rested on the management of the teams for letting the situation deteriorate the umpires and match referee were no less culpable

ESPNcricinfo staff

Oct 3, 2007

Grow up already

Dileep Premachandran: The attempts by some Indians to out-sledge the Aussies have come a cropper in this series

Dileep Premachandran

Apr 1, 2007

Continental rift

Features: A look at the east-west divide in cricket, which is borne out of double standards, racism and reverse racism, prejudices, stereotypes, or all of them and more working together

Ashok Malik

Nov 21, 2006

No chat, no Ashes

The Long Room: Taunts and insults are as much a part of cricket as bats and balls, and never more so than during the Ashes

Simon Briggs

Oct 23, 2006

Fighting fire with a flame-thrower

News: Last Wednesday's verbal clash between Chris Gayle and Michael Clarke in Mumbai reinforced the belief that when it comes to the concept of "do so ain't like so", Australia's cricketers are the unrivalled world champions

Fazeer Mohammed
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