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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Dec 2014

More moral than thou

Other: Cricketers do not have more integrity than other sportsmen; it's just that cricket makes more of a parade of it

Simon Barnes

Aug 17, 2014

It's time we had laws to eliminate sledging

The Cordon: Players should realise that their cricket skills speak louder than the abuse they sometimes dish out in the name of legitimate aggression

V Ramnarayan

Aug 15, 2014

The spirit of cricket and the 15-degree rule

The Cordon: The phrase means nothing in this day and age; only the laws and playing regulations are of any importance

Kamran Abbasi

Aug 8, 2014

Why sledging is essential

Page 2: It's safe, it's exciting, and, let's face it, it's practical

R Rajkumar

Aug 6, 2014

Does Anderson need a verbal crutch?

The Cordon: It seems odd that a man who can make the ball talk like he does needs to resort to verbal aggression

Jon Hotten

Jun 16, 2014

Why cricket's future is bright

Martin Crowe: Cricket has suffered many evils recently - fixing, chucking, mankading and sledging, to name a few - but it will emerge from the darkness stronger, wiser and better

Martin Crowe

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

Jan 1, 2014

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

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

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

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
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