Australia in South Africa 2005-06 March 31, 2006

Greig claims Aussie sledging 'absolutely unbelievable'

Cricinfo staff

Andre Nel and Adam Gilchrist exchange opinions at Durban © Getty Images
Former England captain Tony Greig has accused the Australians of the worst sledging he has come across during the second Test at Durban earlier this week.

"I have never heard anything like it," Greig told a lunch at a Johannesburg cricket club on Wednesday. "I thought it might have something to do with the fact that we had a very, very good stump mic. We turned that stump mic up and we could hear every word out in the centre and it was unbelievable. It really was absolutely unbelievable. The Aussies love it."

The Test, which Australia won, contained several moments of controversy. It is reported in South Africa that the home side are considering an approach to the ICC regarding the handling of the bad-light issue in the final session, while it is also claimed that the ICC might be considering disciplinary action against Andre Nel after his outburst on the fourth evening.

"The whole thing is getting out of hand," Greig continued. "The time has seriously come for the authorities in the game to start to rethink the question of what players are allowed to say on the field." He added that the broadcasters had to turn down the volume on the stump microphones after concerns about what was being said.